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Biohackers forge ahead with independent, unregulated research

Alessandro [Volpato] isn't a hobby chef, nor is he chemist or an electrician. But he might be a mixture of ...
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CRISPR gene editing could boost crop yields and nutrition, but public acceptance remains wild card

The process of producing better food, protecting the environment and improving animal health is advancing at a seemingly breakneck pace ...
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Viewpoint: Public enthusiasm for genetics tempered by distrust, privacy concerns

Cheaper genome sequencing is expanding our ability to understand risks associated with genetic mutations. But not everyone embraces these advances, ...
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Parasitic dodder plant steals crops’ water and nutrients. Could gene editing stop it?

A parasitic plant called dodder can silence the expression of genes in the host plants from which it obtains water ...
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Europe should embrace new breeding techniques to make farming more sustainable, says EU agriculture committee chair

The vice-chair of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee has argued that Europe should embrace innovative biotechnologies to boost food production ...
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Precision CRISPR repairs blindness in mice, could herald human treatments

In genome-editing, the challenge for CRISPR-wielding scientists is to edit only one of the two copies, or alleles, of every ...
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International organic farming group IFOAM declares opposition to CRISPR gene-edited crops

IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements) has published a position paper on the new genetic engineering techniques. The aim is provide ...
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Gene-editing advances put us at the dawn of a revolution in medicine

So much of the public's attention is focused on the use of genetic engineering in the crops that our farmers ...
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Viewpoint: US may be losing CRISPR race against China, but FDA regulations are worth it

[H]ow did China edge out the United States to become the first to use CRISPR in humans? American researchers were, ...
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Former Novartis chief Joseph Jimenez discusses breakthroughs in gene therapy, future of CRISPR in medicine

Editor's Note: Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez retired in January after eight years in the top job at one of the ...
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CRISPR shows promise in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Scientists have successfully tweaked the DNA in human heart cells to correct mutations that cause a deadly disease. If the ...
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Viewpoint: We aren’t even close to being able to engineer superhumans

We know there are genes that contribute to intelligence. But the relationship between those genes and our intelligence is so ...
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5 ways CRISPR will revolutionize the future

1. CRISPR Could Correct The Genetic Errors That Cause Disease. [...] In summer 2017, scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University used CRISPR ...
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Glory of plants in 3D: CRISPR gene-editing, imaging technology unlock genetic secrets

Advances in imaging technology — allowing researchers to peer inside plant structures in 3D — mean that biologists are seeking ...
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How the EU decides to regulate CRISPR gene-edited crops will have ‘huge impact’ on US, rest of world

Most gene editing techniques should not come under the Europe Union’s strict regulatory regime for genetically modified organisms, according to ...
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What was CRISPR before humans ‘discovered’ it for use in gene editing?

[T]here is a less sequins-and-glitter side to CRISPR that’s just as alluring to anyone thirsty to understand the natural world ...
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Virus-resistant CRISPR pigs could save pork producers $600 million per year

To pig farmer Thomas Titus, new scientific techniques could bring better disease resistance for his herd, saving baby pigs and potentially ...
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Finding a CRISPR delivery route in humans is the hard part

Crispr, the promising new gene editing technology, promises to eradicate the world of human suffering—but for all the hype and hope, it hasn’t ...
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Will South American powerhouses Brazil and Argentina regulate new breeding techniques (NBTs) as GMOs?

New breeding techniques, or “NBTs” as they have come to be known, are a set of innovative tools that can ...
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Viewpoint: Why ‘having a public conversation’ about gene editing could hinder advances

[I]t has become clear that [gene editing] technologies aren’t on the far-flung horizon; they’re at our front door. A recent article ...
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How gene-edited crops could spell the end of the infamous term ‘GMO’

Political and social controversies, as well as complications of plant breeding, intellectual property, and regulation, have compromised the promised impact ...
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CRISPR gene-edited food in Europe? Questions remain on crop breeding regulations

The European Court of Justice recommended new techniques be exempt from GMO regulations, but left key questions unanswered, writes Gregory ...
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Waging war against the mosquito: Split-gene drive could hinder spread of Zika

The use of split-gene drives could alleviate the concerns of critics who worry about unexpected effects of releasing gene-edited mosquitos ...
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Friendlier regulations fuel China’s lead in human gene-editing race

In a hospital west of Shanghai, Wu Shixiu since March has been trying to treat cancer patients using a promising ...
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‘Dead CRISPR’ may offer easier way to create stem cells

The ability to make stem cells from other cell types has largely been a recent phenomenon. It took a huge ...
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Will CRISPR work in people? Scientists say study raises questions, but is not a setback

It can feel shocking when someone disparages a golden person, thing or technology — and in recent years, no emerging ...
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CRISPR patent dispute: Broad Institute has key rights revoked in Europe

A decision from the European Patent Office (EPO) has put the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on shaky ground with its ...
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Farmers, scientists worry anti-GMO activists could stymie CRISPR and other gene-edited crop research

[N]ew precision breeding tools are creating such a buzz that some activists suggest techniques like CRISPR Cas9 - which involves ...