Sickle cell gene therapy offers hope to afflicted families in Africa, where proper care is sparse

Sickle cell gene therapy offers hope to afflicted families in Africa, where proper care is sparse

[Editor's note: This article is an interview with Sia Evelyn Nyandemo who runs a campaign group to support sickle cell ...
One third of lymphoma patients cancer free after 6 months in CAR-T gene therapy study

One third of lymphoma patients cancer free after 6 months in CAR-T gene therapy study

An experimental gene therapy that turns a patient's own blood cells into cancer killers worked in a major study, with ...
DIY home gene editing is all the rage: Here are the promises and pitfalls

DIY home gene editing is all the rage: Here are the promises and pitfalls

Kian Sadeghi has postponed homework assignments, sports practice and all the other demands of being a 17-year-old high-school junior...On a ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week, March 6, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week, March 6, 2017

From this past week, here are the #GLPTop6 among many great stories on human and agriculture genetics around the world ...
Human Genome Project 2: Should scientists synthesize entire human genetic code from scratch?

Human Genome Project 2: Should scientists synthesize entire human genetic code from scratch?

In May 2016, scientists, lawyers and government representatives converged at Harvard to discuss the Human Genome Project-Write (HGP-Write), a plan ...
Designer dogs? In pursuit of the perfect, healthy canine companion

Designer dogs? In pursuit of the perfect, healthy canine companion

Centuries of inbreeding have left many dog breeds with a severely limited gene pool, and this lack of genetic diversity ...
For precision medicine to work, physicians must incorporate holistic health factors, like belief

For precision medicine to work, physicians must incorporate holistic health factors, like belief

[Editor's note: Dr. Sharon Bergquist is a clinician in the division of general medicine and geriatrics at Emory University. She also ...
'Superbugs' could be killed with 'genetic chainsaw' version of gene editor CRISPR

‘Superbugs’ could be killed with ‘genetic chainsaw’ version of gene editor CRISPR

When folks talk about the gene-editing tool CRISPR, they’re usually talking about CRISPR-Cas9, a combination of DNA and enzymes that ...
Lung, pancreatic cancers linked to critical gene mutation

Lung, pancreatic cancers linked to critical gene mutation

Researchers ... have identified a critical gene, FOSL1, in the development of lung and pancreatic cancer. Approximately 25% of patients ...
Weird world of DNA: What's the best way to help patients with genetic diseases that are not inherited?

Weird world of DNA: What’s the best way to help patients with genetic diseases that are not inherited?

The stories of two children, Millie and Hannah, highlight ways that genetic disease can seem to veer from the predictions ...
Autism, other brain disorders linked to network of 91 genes

Autism, other brain disorders linked to network of 91 genes

Gene discovery research is uncovering similarities and differences underlying a variety of disorders affecting the developing brain, including autism, attention ...
On/off switch? Chronic pain could be eased if we identify the right genes

On/off switch? Chronic pain could be eased if we identify the right genes

[Editor's note: Blair Smith is a professor of population science at the University of Dundee in Scotland.] Two of the ...
Who should own revolutionary gene editor CRISPR? Scientists or the public?

Who should own revolutionary gene editor CRISPR? Scientists or the public?

In a one sentence ruling, an appeals board granted the rights to the powerful gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to the ...
Muscle-wasting disease in dogs cured using gene therapy, offering hope to suffering boys

Muscle-wasting disease in dogs cured using gene therapy, offering hope to suffering boys

For decades, some unlucky dog lovers have [witnessed their puppies'] seemingly healthy muscles literally waste away...until they could no longer stand ...
Google delists Natural News, founder Mike Adams calls it 'modern day book burning'

Google delists Natural News, founder Mike Adams calls it ‘modern day book burning’

[Editor’s note: Read the GLP’s profile on Natural News founder Mike Adams. Also: FBI turns up heat on Mike Adams ...
Avoiding the unexpected: Zika, malaria-fighting gene drive in mosquitoes has built-in safety net

Avoiding the unexpected: Zika, malaria-fighting gene drive in mosquitoes has built-in safety net

Concerns about CRISPR gene drives and other CRISPR applications have to do with the possibility that something could go wrong ...
Fighting cancer by shifting the body's immune system into overdrive

Fighting cancer by shifting the body’s immune system into overdrive

Gene-targeted treatments and immunotherapy offer great promise to cure cancer, but they work in less than half of patients and ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week, February 20, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week, February 20, 2017

From this past week, here are the #GLPTop6 among many great stories on human and agriculture genetics around the world ...
Parents worried about passing on genetic disorders to their children have hope: Gene editing

Parents worried about passing on genetic disorders to their children have hope: Gene editing

Gene editing — which is still not a reality for parents out there — is the process of genetically modifying ...
Zhang vs. Doudna patent ruling: Broad Institute holds patents but University of California may appeal

Zhang vs. Doudna patent ruling: Broad Institute holds patents but University of California may appeal

The US patent office ruled [Feb. 15] that hotly disputed patents on the revolutionary genome-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 belong to the ...
Is there a metabolic on-off switch that could prevent chronic fatigue syndrome?

Is there a metabolic on-off switch that could prevent chronic fatigue syndrome?

Evidence is mounting that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is caused by the body swapping to less efficient ways of generating ...
Billionaire doctor's Cancer MoonShot 2020 appears more hype than reality

Billionaire doctor’s Cancer MoonShot 2020 appears more hype than reality

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong vowed [to vanquish cancer] when he launched his audacious “Cancer MoonShot 2020” a year ago...The supremely self-confident billionaire ...
Proceed with caution: National Academies offers 'qualified support' for gene editing 'abnormal' embryos

Proceed with caution: National Academies offers ‘qualified support’ for gene editing ‘abnormal’ embryos

The door to gene-edited humans was opened a crack by a joint National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of ...
Nanoparticles: Parkinson's, cancer, heart disease treatments boosted by DNA 'barcodes'

Nanoparticles: Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease treatments boosted by DNA ‘barcodes’

Using tiny snippets of DNA as "barcodes," researchers have developed a new technique for rapidly screening the ability of nanoparticles ...
Generating tissue to repair knee cartilage and hearts more likely in wake of stem cell study

Generating tissue to repair knee cartilage and hearts more likely in wake of stem cell study

A new study from the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, has found that induced pluripotent stem cells would be ...
China aggressively challenges US lead in precision medicine

China aggressively challenges US lead in precision medicine

The United States has long been the [genomic] industry’s undisputed leader,...but now China is emerging as America’s fiercest competitor.... ...
For people with congenital hearing loss, gene therapy successful in mice offers promise

For people with congenital hearing loss, gene therapy successful in mice offers promise

An improved gene therapy vector restores hearing and balance in genetically deaf mice, according to Boston's Children's Hospital researchers...[T]he mice's ...
Leading plant scientist says he's skipping Science March on Washington: Here's why

Leading plant scientist says he’s skipping Science March on Washington: Here’s why

[Editor's note: Kevin Folta, a molecular biologist and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, offers ...