An ‘off button’ for pain? CRISPR could stop the opioid crisis by tackling chronic pain at the source

An ‘off button’ for pain? CRISPR could stop the opioid crisis by tackling chronic pain at the source

[In 2006, researchers found a family in Pakistan with] mutations in a gene called SCN9A. Two other families in northern ...
Here’s the skinny on the CRISPR patent saga between the Broad Institute and the CVC group

Here’s the skinny on the CRISPR patent saga between the Broad Institute and the CVC group

CRISPR was first reported by Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier in 2012, as an outgrowth of their work on bacterial ...
CRISPR gene editing roils public discussion over ‘what it means to be disabled’

CRISPR gene editing roils public discussion over ‘what it means to be disabled’

The gene-editing technology CRISPR promises enormous potential as a therapeutic for curing illnesses, including potentially devising new vaccines.  But the ...
Quickly-advancing human embryo research raises prickly ethical questions

Quickly-advancing human embryo research raises prickly ethical questions

Nature published two peer-reviewed papers about generating in vitro, with slightly different methods, “blastoids” or “human blastocyst-like structures”... Notably, none ...
Who will win the battle over CRISPR-Cas 9 patent rights?

Who will win the battle over CRISPR-Cas 9 patent rights?

History is full of cases in which several researchers have found the same or similar inventions almost simultaneously. This is ...
‘What we have right now does not work’: Gene editing aims to relieve chronic pain

‘What we have right now does not work’: Gene editing aims to relieve chronic pain

In experiments on laboratory mice, researchers found that temporarily repressing a gene involved in sensing pain increases pain tolerance, lowers ...
Critics say gene drives could lead to species extinction. Scientists have developed a brake system

Critics say gene drives could lead to species extinction. Scientists have developed a brake system

By exerting control over the degree of spread, those who unleash gene drives may realize the benefits promised by gene ...
‘Scorching ethical debate’: Designer babies are already here. The future looks even more revolutionary — and contentious

‘Scorching ethical debate’: Designer babies are already here. The future looks even more revolutionary — and contentious

In one sense, genetically modifying a child with particular traits is already done on a fairly large scale. Couples with ...
Jennifer Doudna on how CRISPR is moving out of the lab to transform medicine and revolutionize disease treatments

Jennifer Doudna on how CRISPR is moving out of the lab to transform medicine and revolutionize disease treatments

In 2021, we will see increased use of CRISPR-Cas enzymes to underpin a new generation of cost-effective, individualised therapies. With ...
‘Gene editing is part of the solution’: With other sustainable farming tools, it will help us beat climate change

‘Gene editing is part of the solution’: With other sustainable farming tools, it will help us beat climate change

Despite changes in temperature, humidity and fertilizer application, [plants of the future] must be able to produce optimally. In addition, ...
The downside of ‘improving’ humanity: How CRISPR could edit out ‘abnormal genes’ — and human diversity

The downside of ‘improving’ humanity: How CRISPR could edit out ‘abnormal genes’ — and human diversity

CRISPR has many functions; one of these is that it can be used to treat disease. Yet the far-reaching, more ...
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Could there ever be a vaccine for breast cancer?

Triple-negative breast cancer, about 10% of all breast cancers, is one of the most aggressive and deadliest forms of this ...
Can CRISPR tame avian flu and prevent the next pandemic?

Can CRISPR tame avian flu and prevent the next pandemic?

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is picking up steam, it’s tempting to hope that the world can soon move ...
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Using CRISPR to fight antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

The superbugs are winning the antibiotics wars. CRISPR could turn the tide ...
Plant breeding efforts strained by climate change and booming food demand. Is CRISPR the answer?

Plant breeding efforts strained by climate change and booming food demand. Is CRISPR the answer?

Human population growth has increased the demand for food crops, animal feed, biofuel and biomaterials, all the while climate change ...
What’s in the biomedical pipeline for CRISPR gene editing?

What’s in the biomedical pipeline for CRISPR gene editing?

One great attraction of Crispr, says Niren Murthy, a bioengineer at Berkeley, is that it could be a one-shot affair ...
What CRISPR can do for the world

What CRISPR can do for the world

What might CRISPR do to the diversity of our species? If we are no longer subject to a natural lottery ...
Climate-proofing our food supply: Here’s how CRISPR will help us adapt to global warming

Climate-proofing our food supply: Here’s how CRISPR will help us adapt to global warming

Biotechnologist Dr. Karen Massel from UQ's Centre for Crop Science has published a review of gene editing technologies such as ...
RNA hacking: How the miraculous tools of the genetics revolution will transform healthcare and the world

RNA hacking: How the miraculous tools of the genetics revolution will transform healthcare and the world

[mRNA COVID] vaccines, in essence, transform our bodies into personalized manufacturing plants producing an otherwise foreign object to trigger our ...
Viewpoint: ‘Genetic reductionism’ — Why CRISPR is not the answer to every problem

Viewpoint: ‘Genetic reductionism’ — Why CRISPR is not the answer to every problem

Referring to DNA as the code of life, a rigid blueprint for who we are, implies that we are the ...
Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
Here’s how biotechnology is offering new hope for personalized cancer treatments

Here’s how biotechnology is offering new hope for personalized cancer treatments

Cancer occurs when mutations, or accidental changes, take place in the DNA of specific cells or tissue within the body ...
CRISPR cracks open the door to a future of human mutants. Worried?

CRISPR cracks open the door to a future of human mutants. Worried?

Surreal artwork in the hotel lobby—a gorilla peeking out of a peeled orange, smoking a cigarette; an astronaut riding a ...
We might be able to protect ourselves against future pandemics by gene editing embryos

We might be able to protect ourselves against future pandemics by gene editing embryos

Hollywood blockbusters such as X-men, Gattaca and Jurassic World have explored the intriguing concept of “germline genome editing” – a biomolecular technique that can ...
3 new ways CRISPR is revolutionizing biomedicine

3 new ways CRISPR is revolutionizing biomedicine

In this article, we outline three recent studies that have advanced the potential uses of CRISPR in the biomedical field ...
‘Hello World!’ Bacterial DNA combines CRISPR and electricity to store data. Here’s what that means

‘Hello World!’ Bacterial DNA combines CRISPR and electricity to store data. Here’s what that means

A study published on January 11 in the journal Nature Chemical Biology details how the researchers led by Columbia University ...
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