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Inherited blindness can now be cured, thanks to CRISPR

In recent months, even as our attention has been focused on the coronavirus outbreak, there have been a slew of ...
Video: How will CRISPR and other forms of gene editing revolutionize our world?

Video: How will CRISPR and other forms of gene editing revolutionize our world?

Gene editing has the potential to eliminate genetic diseases and save lives. But one scientist has crossed an ethical line ...
Gene editing: Playing God or repairing a ‘natural system’ that has gone haywire?

Gene editing: Playing God or repairing a ‘natural system’ that has gone haywire?

With CRISPR, biologists have already created—among many, many other living things—ants that can’t smell, beagles that put on superhero-like brawn, ...
Gattaca or life-saving? Can we—should we—use CRISPR to edit human embryos, sperm or eggs to cure diseases?

Gattaca or life-saving? Can we—should we—use CRISPR to edit human embryos, sperm or eggs to cure diseases?

The startling announcement by He Jiankui [two years] ago that he had created the first genetically modified human beings unleashed a ...
Want to breed a horse that’s disease free and can run faster? CRISPR may offer that possibility

Want to breed a horse that’s disease free and can run faster? CRISPR may offer that possibility

Argentine researchers have successfully edited the genes in an equine embryo, raising the possibility of producing horses with custom-designed DNA ...
400 children worldwide are born each year with ‘fast-aging disease’ – Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Now CRISPR offers hope

400 children worldwide are born each year with ‘fast-aging disease’ – Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Now CRISPR offers hope

[R]esults from a new study have inspired hope for treating children born with progeria, a rare, fatal, genetic disease that ...
CRISPR, forests and climate change: Gene editing poised to engineer faster growing, carbon sucking trees—if activists don’t block it

CRISPR, forests and climate change: Gene editing poised to engineer faster growing, carbon sucking trees—if activists don’t block it

For years, scientists have recommended planting more trees to fight climate change. With more trees, the rate of photosynthesis will ...
Will gene editing human embryos ever be safe?

Will gene editing human embryos ever be safe?

Debates continue about whether the societal risks of heritable genome editing are too great to proceed, as do calls for ...
We may have a CRISPR cure for red blood diseases sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia

We may have a CRISPR cure for red blood diseases sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia

Sickle cell anemia and thalassemia are genetic diseases that result in the production of anomalous hemoglobin (protein that carries oxygen) ...
100+ countries have outlined legal restrictions on editing human embryos. Here’s a guide

100+ countries have outlined legal restrictions on editing human embryos. Here’s a guide

Discussions and debates about the governance of human germline and heritable genome editing should be informed by a clear and ...
18 months later, first sickle cell patient treated with CRISPR is still pain free

18 months later, first sickle cell patient treated with CRISPR is still pain free

[35-year-old Victoria] Gray is the first person in the United States to be successfully treated for a genetic disorder, [sickle ...
7,000 and counting – That’s how many diseases are linked to mutations that could be corrected with gene editing

7,000 and counting – That’s how many diseases are linked to mutations that could be corrected with gene editing

Researchers have already identified DNA errors as the cause of nearly 7,000 diseases. Thankfully, the growing world of genome editing could ...
Genetically modified tomato developed to naturally produce Parkinson's fighting L-DOPA drug

Genetically modified tomato developed to naturally produce Parkinson’s fighting L-DOPA drug

The John Innes Centre led team modified [a] tomato fruit by introducing a gene responsible for the synthesis of L-DOPA ...
5 ways CRISPR has begun changing the world

5 ways CRISPR has begun changing the world

[W]hile thousands of life scientists pivoted to trying to understand how the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on the human body, and others transformed their ...
PEW global survey: Caution about research on gene editing, but wide support for treating diseases in human embryos

PEW global survey: Caution about research on gene editing, but wide support for treating diseases in human embryos

Global publics take a cautious stance toward scientific research on gene editing, according to an international survey from Pew Research ...
China attempting to develop ‘biologically enhanced super soldiers’, US spy chief claims

China attempting to develop ‘biologically enhanced super soldiers’, US spy chief claims

China has conducted "human testing" on members of the People's Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with "biologically enhanced ...
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Podcast: How do COVID vaccines work? CRISPR kills cancer; Danish study debunks mask mandates?

The leading COVID-19 vaccines are RNA-based immunizations and the first of their kind. How do they work, and are they ...
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As the CRISPR revolution advances, here’s how gene editing will actually help farmers and consumers

2020 has been an eventful year for gene editing. The recent Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier ...
Kevin Davies’ ‘Editing Humanity’ explores the CRISPR revolution and the ethical dilemmas that await us

Kevin Davies’ ‘Editing Humanity’ explores the CRISPR revolution and the ethical dilemmas that await us

We cannot rewind the tape of life to see how we might have been and whether humans are inevitable products ...
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Cancer breakthrough replacing chemotherapy? Israeli scientists use CRISPR gene editing to snip DNA and kill killer cells

The CRISPR Cas-9 gene editing system allows scientists to make precise alterations to DNA, and gained creators Jennifer Doudna and ...
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Viewpoint: Why we shouldn’t be scared of human gene editing

[G]ene editing is not something to be scared of, and we must spread the word. It is a tool that ...
De-extinction: Why CRISPR gene editing might be the most revolutionary development in science ever

De-extinction: Why CRISPR gene editing might be the most revolutionary development in science ever

Called “de-extinction,” the resurrection of lost species is one of the many applications to be revolutionized by the new gene-editing ...
No country has yet approved human embryo gene editing

No country has yet approved human embryo gene editing

[F]our researchers reviewed policy documents from 106 countries to map out the policy landscape regarding human germline and heritable genome ...
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Podcast: Beyond CRISPR and gene therapy—How ‘gene writing’ is poised to transform the treatment of even the rarest diseases

In just a few short years, gene editing has launched a biomedical revolution, yielding previously unimaginable treatments for conditions ranging ...
EU needs new guidelines to evaluate environmental impact of gene-drive mosquitoes, food safety officials say

EU needs new guidelines to evaluate environmental impact of gene-drive mosquitoes, food safety officials say

After being mandated by the European Commission, [European Food Safety Authority's] experts on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) published the scientific ...
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CRISPR gene editing to correct harmful mutations could in rare cases wreak havoc on our chromosomes, study claims

[L]arge-scale damage was found in a study that analyzed human embryos that had been edited with CRISPR-Cas9. The study, from ...
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Viewpoint: CRISPR can do more than just gene editing in agriculture and biomedicine

Thanks to the 2020 chemistry Nobel prize, Crispr–Cas systems will forever be associated with gene editing. But it’s worth mentioning ...
CRISPR-edited coral: Gene editing could help Great Barrier Reef survive climate change

CRISPR-edited coral: Gene editing could help Great Barrier Reef survive climate change

An international team of experts used CRISPR-Cas9 to elucidate the heat tolerance of a coral in the Great Barrier Reef ...
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