CRISPR revolution: How scientists are turning gene-editing hype into food and medical breakthroughs

CRISPR revolution: How scientists are turning gene-editing hype into food and medical breakthroughs

The powerful gene-editing tool is becoming ubiquitous, appearing in the media with ever increasing frequency. But it's more than just ...
We each have 3 billion base pairs in our genome. Artificial intelligence can help us sort it out.

We each have 3 billion base pairs in our genome. Artificial intelligence can help us sort it out.

Genes carry the information that make you you. So it's fitting that, when sequenced and stored in a computer, your ...
Are obesity, diabetes and other diseases treatable using gene-therapy skin grafts?

Are obesity, diabetes and other diseases treatable using gene-therapy skin grafts?

A research team based at the University of Chicago has overcome challenges that have limited gene therapy and demonstrated how ...
Pioneering gene therapy restores vision to people with rare retinal blindness

Pioneering gene therapy restores vision to people with rare retinal blindness

Spark Therapeutics is moving forward with its treatment for a type of inherited retinal dystrophy. In the wake of the ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week - August 7, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – August 7, 2017

Designer babies? US scientists swap DNA in embryos, replacing mutation that causes heart problems | Ricki Lewis Food Evolution director Scott Hamilton ...
Muscular dystrophy in dogs reversed with gene therapy--are children next?

Muscular dystrophy in dogs reversed with gene therapy–are children next?

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common and, sadly, the most severe form of the debilitating genetic disorder. Now ...
Beneficial 'natural' gene mutation could be effective in treating sickle cell

Beneficial ‘natural’ gene mutation could be effective in treating sickle cell

Sickle cell disease (SCD) patients have a genetic defect that leads them to produce hemoglobin S, or sickle hemoglobin, instead of ...
Gene therapy leukemia treatments approval expected by end of 2017

Gene therapy leukemia treatments approval expected by end of 2017

The approval of gene therapy for leukemia, expected in the next few months, will open the door to a radically ...
Do your kids have 'soccer genes'? The pseudoscience of many genetic tests

Do your kids have ‘soccer genes’? The pseudoscience of many genetic tests

[A] growing number of scientists [are] pushing back against wild claims in the consumer genetics market, which is flush with tests promising ...
Biotechnology timeline: Humans have manipulated genes since the 'dawn of civilization'

Biotechnology timeline: Humans have manipulated genes since the ‘dawn of civilization’

The history of biotechnology shows how humans have been manipulating nature for our benefit for a long time—and how modern ...
Unwanted genes: Why can't we just edit them out of our lives?

Unwanted genes: Why can’t we just edit them out of our lives?

Gene therapy 2.0 using CRISPR to knock out harmful genes sounds is a great idea--if and when it works. But ...
First US gene therapy nears: CAR-T leukemia treatment gets nod from FDA panel

First US gene therapy nears: CAR-T leukemia treatment gets nod from FDA panel

Novartis AG's pioneering new cancer drug won enthusiastic support from a federal advisory panel on [July 12], paving the way for ...
'Molecular scalpel': Gene-editing technique promises greater precision

‘Molecular scalpel’: Gene-editing technique promises greater precision

A scientific team from in the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (NNF-CPR), at the University of Copenhagen, has ...
NY Times' Carl Zimmer: CRISPR gene editing vital but offers ethical challenges

NY Times’ Carl Zimmer: CRISPR gene editing vital but offers ethical challenges

[Editor's Note: Carl Zimmer is a columnist at the New York Times, where his column "Matter" appears each week. He ...
Ectogenesis: Artificial placenta could aid premature babies, rekindle abortion debate

Ectogenesis: Artificial placenta could aid premature babies, rekindle abortion debate

Survival rates are likely to be improved for infants born prematurely, and those requiring invasive treatments -- including surgery, cell ...
CRISPR's high costs may limit development of gene therapy drugs

CRISPR’s high costs may limit development of gene therapy drugs

The ruckus over the CRISPR gene-editing system hides a dark reality: its high cost may make it unaffordable and questions ...
Bladder control: Is there a genetic treatment for urinary incontinence?

Bladder control: Is there a genetic treatment for urinary incontinence?

Treatment options for urinary incontinence may be revealed through a genome-wide association study searching for genes that may contribute to ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week - July 3, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – July 3, 2017

Mummy DNA: Ancient Egyptians more Middle Eastern than today’s African-mixed population | Meredith Knight Opinion: GMO opponents in ‘frenzied heat’ trying ...
HIV fix: Can gene editing work alongside the virus to provide a cure?

HIV fix: Can gene editing work alongside the virus to provide a cure?

HIV is no longer a death sentence in much of the developed world. But effective treatment in developing nations needs ...
Reversing Huntington's? Brain shown to heal itself after disease source edited out -- in mice

Reversing Huntington’s? Brain shown to heal itself after disease source edited out — in mice

The potential of genome-editing techniques, such as CRISPR/Cas9, to alleviate disease burden has ignited the imagination for thousands of researchers ...
Blood disease that plagued Europe's royal families might be treatable using gene editing

Blood disease that plagued Europe’s royal families might be treatable using gene editing

Researchers are hoping to use gene editing to create more effective and less expensive treatment options--compared to gene therapy--for people ...
Downside to editing out 'bad genes': We might need them later

Downside to editing out ‘bad genes’: We might need them later

[With CRISPR, couples] may soon be able to edit [genes linked to genetic disorders] right out of their own sperm, ...
Darwin Life: 'Three-parent babies' as a cure for age-related infertility

Darwin Life: ‘Three-parent babies’ as a cure for age-related infertility

John Zhang, a U.S. fertility doctor has started a company [called Darwin Life] with a provocative vision for older women: become ...
Which patients to choose for experimental CAR-T cancer therapy?

Which patients to choose for experimental CAR-T cancer therapy?

A transformative cancer therapy based on modified immune cells has lured doctors, companies, and patients alike, but many are hitting ...
CRISPR study reporting 'off-target mutations' draws skepticism from other researchers

CRISPR study reporting ‘off-target mutations’ draws skepticism from other researchers

A new study found an alarming number of “off-target mutations” in mice that had their genes edited with CRISPR. But ...
Read ELP’s Nicholas Staropoli Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Epigenetics: Hype and Health

Read ELP’s Nicholas Staropoli Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Epigenetics: Hype and Health

Editor’s Note: On Friday, June 2nd from 1pm–3pm EDT, ELP director Nicholas Staropoli hosted a Reddit-science Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) about the hype surrounding ...
Age-related macular degeneration may be treatable using viral injection gene therapy

Age-related macular degeneration may be treatable using viral injection gene therapy

[R]esearchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine were looking for ways to treat a particular type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) known as a wet ...
Is gene therapy research for single-gene diseases at risk under Trumpcare?

Is gene therapy research for single-gene diseases at risk under Trumpcare?

[When] the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act of 2017,...DNA Science addressed the possibility of the AHCA forcing ...