Beyond GMOs: Gene editing's potential to transform food and farming depends on public acceptance

Beyond GMOs: Gene editing’s potential to transform food and farming depends on public acceptance

[The following is part of a letter from the editor of MIT Technology Review, David Rotman.] Decades of fretting over the ...
12-31-2017 hearing-loss

Hearing loss linked to single mutation might be treatable with gene editing

When David Liu first heard about a strain of mouse from his colleague Zheng-Yi Chen, he got excited. The mice ...
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Looking back at 2017’s genetics breakthroughs

It was a big year for the building blocks of life. Here were the most significant breakthroughs in genetics research ...
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Should it matter if the public is wary of gene editing and human enhancement?

A survey of people in the US and 10 European nations found opposition to some forms of gene editing for ...
How CRISPR gene editing is revolutionizing the world–and why we need to cautious about it

How CRISPR gene editing is revolutionizing the world–and why we need to cautious about it

Until recently, gene editing used to be relegated to science fiction novels and movies. The idea of being able to ...
Why 2018 might not be a banner year for CRISPR gene editing in humans

Why 2018 might not be a banner year for CRISPR gene editing in humans

Ever since scientists first used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit living human cells in 2013, they’ve been saying that the possibilities for ...
Will new wave of gene-edited crops ease public fear of GMO food?

Will new wave of gene-edited crops ease public fear of GMO food?

To many scientists, the potential of gene editing seems nearly limitless, offering a new way to rapidly create plants that ...
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Navigating the ‘promise and peril’ of bioengineering

We’re standing on the threshold of extraordinary capability in synthetic biology. CRISPR-Cas9, the genome editing technique discovered in 2014, is ...
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Personalized piglets could offer insights into disease progression in children

To better understand [incurable inherited disease neurofibromatosis type 1, Charles] Konsitzke learned, you need a species that’s closer in both ...
Scientists fight back against call for moratorium on gene-drive research

Scientists fight back against call for moratorium on gene-drive research

It sounds like the plot of a science fiction novel: Scientists discover how to eradicate an entire species. Environmentalists want to stop the ...
Free access to CRISPR gene editing? This startup wants to make it possible

Free access to CRISPR gene editing? This startup wants to make it possible

CRISPR gene editing is widely regarded as one of the most significant advances in the life sciences in decades. The technology, ...
Italian family's inability to feel pain spurs research on relief for chronic sufferers

Italian family’s inability to feel pain spurs research on relief for chronic sufferers

The six members of the family barely notice broken bones or severe burns. Researchers have identified the mutation behind their ...
12-15-2017 hemophilia

Hemophilia A gene therapy trial results: ‘This is huge’

British doctors say they have achieved "mind-blowing" results in an attempt to rid people of haemophilia A. Patients are born ...
Obesity epidemic: Could gene therapy be an answer?

Obesity epidemic: Could gene therapy be an answer?

Scientists are working with treatments that have shown success in amping up the metabolism of mice, helping them lose weight ...
Birth defects in Brazil linked to Zika, not insecticides or vaccines

Birth defects in Brazil linked to Zika, not insecticides or vaccines

In the fall and early winter of 2015, a startling number of infants in northeastern Brazil were born with abnormally small ...
5 gene-edited crops slated to hit the market in the near future

5 gene-edited crops slated to hit the market in the near future

Farmers quickly gleaned agronomic benefits from GMO technology. Consumers? Not so much. Gene editing could change that, since it’s keying ...
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Treating spinal cord injuries by genetically modifying cells that help us smell

Researchers from the University of Bristol have just shared the promising results of a new treatment for spinal cord injuries that could ...
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Can CRISPR really save lives? People with beta thalassemia blood disease likely first human trial subjects

For those who have no idea what CRISPR is all about, the abbreviation means “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.” ...
Bringing home the bacon: Will consumers eat gene-edited pigs?

Bringing home the bacon: Will consumers eat gene-edited pigs?

Genetic selection through precise breeding programs U.S. pig farmers with assistance from genetic companies have drastically increased the number of ...
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Challenging the narrative that someone is manipulating the UN debate over gene drives

It had scandal written all over it. Disclosed emails revealed that a covert coalition lobbying for relaxed regulations around a ...
'Super beans': Fast-maturing, high-yield variety could aid refugees in Africa

‘Super beans’: Fast-maturing, high-yield variety could aid refugees in Africa

Drought conditions continue to contribute to famine in Africa, prompting a search for crops that are not only drought-resistant but ...
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CRISPR 2.0: Targeting incurable diseases by ‘turning up volume’ on good genes

Incurable diseases such as diabetes and muscular dystrophy could be treated in future using a new form of genetic engineering ...
California cherry farmers look to 'gene drive' technology to kill invasive fruit flies

California cherry farmers look to ‘gene drive’ technology to kill invasive fruit flies

Since it first appeared in Northern California in 2008, the spotted-wing drosophila, a type of fruit fly native to Asia, ...
Gene therapy, CRISPR could provide treatments for sickle-cell, but cures far off

Gene therapy, CRISPR could provide treatments for sickle-cell, but cures far off

More than 50 years after the cause of sickle-cell disease was discovered, a dozen treatments for the painful and life-shortening inherited ...
Video: Entomologist Fred Gould critiques media coverage critical of gene drives

Video: Entomologist Fred Gould critiques media coverage critical of gene drives

[At his talk on "Gene Drives in the News" at the National Academy of Sciences' Science of Science Communication III” Sackler ...
CRISPR used to make bigger tomatoes without editing genes

CRISPR used to make bigger tomatoes without editing genes

Global crop yields are increasingly vulnerable to changing climate and air quality. To combat future environmental threats and increased population ...
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UN debate over regulating gene drives features powerful forces on the pro side

For some, a new cutting-edge technology called gene drive is the silver bullet able to wipe out invasive species decimating ...
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Video: Explaining CRISPR gene editing with a toy train

When people refer to Crispr, they're probably talking about Crispr-Cas9, a complex of enzymes and genetic guides that together finds ...