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Why we can’t do anything about a Russian scientist’s plans to create more CRISPR babies

Two influential leaders in science for the first time publicly condemned a Russian biologist who said he plans to produce ...
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Genetic engineering goes to Hollywood: 10 movies you’ll love and more that you’ll hate

Get to know 26 films and TV shows that feature gene editing ...
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Viewpoint: We don’t need another study to convince us that gene-edited babies are a bad idea

He [Jiankui] attempted to disable a gene called CCR5 by producing a variant that has been shown to confer resistance ...
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Monkeys given gene-edited pig organs in quest to address human transplant shortage

In 2017, Harvard University geneticist George Church predicted that gene-edited pig organs would be transplanted into people within two years—maybe ...
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‘Jumping genes’ may help CRISPR make precision edits of disease-causing DNA

[In a 2017 study] four biologists wrote that “it has not escaped our notice” that a funny little “jumping gene” ...
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Another CRISPR controversy brews as Russian scientist announces plans to produce gene-edited babies

A Russian scientist says he is planning to produce gene-edited babies, an act that would make him only the second ...
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Do China’s controversial CRISPR babies illustrate the need for an ‘undo button’?

Will CRISPR-in-the-clinic come with a fail-safe mechanism? ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Greed and profit’ will drive human gene editing unless we develop strong regulations

We may now be on the verge of adding germline engineering to the menu of available reproductive services, that will, ...
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CRISPR babies with ‘protective’ HIV mutation could have shorter life span

When the Chinese scientist He Jiankui created the first gene-edited children, he dreamed of improving the world. He believed the ...
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Congress renews ban on editing human embryos, despite calls from scientists touting research benefits

A House committee on Tuesday [June 4] restored to pending legislation a ban on altering the genomes of human embryos ...
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Video: Weaponizing CRISPR against superbugs

Bladder infections, like many others, are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics. "We are getting to the point where there are ...
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Meet the new generation of young biotech entrepreneurs

Crispr had no obvious relevance to human health when it was first described in 1987, but [Jennifer] Doudna, who won ...
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Why this lesser-known CRISPR sibling could be a key tool in fight against drug-resistant bacteria, viruses and parasites

A “highly specific and programmable” CRISPR tool could become one of our main tools for fighting pathogens ...
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Inside US quest to develop a ‘2020 vision for genomics’

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is nearing the halfway point of a major strategic planning process, one that ...
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‘Safe Genes’ and the search for a CRISPR undo button

Just half a decade after CRISPR’s discovery, DARPA initiated the Safe Genes program: a collaboration between seven of the world’s leading gene ...
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Viewpoint: We aren’t prepared to ‘responsibly’ handle a genetic engineered future

The news last November that a rogue Chinese scientist had genetically altered the embryos of a pair of Chinese twins ...
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Washington Post editorial: We have an ‘urgent need’ for international rules on gene-edited babies

WHEN CHINESE scientist He Jiankui announced last November his experiments making heritable genetic changes in human embryos followed by live ...
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‘Brazen’ biohacker under investigation by California health officials for ‘genetic self-experimentation’

Prominent genetic "biohacker" Josiah Zayner is under investigation by California state officials for practicing medicine without a license. Zayner has ...
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Viewpoint: We should be careful about ‘crossing the germline’ in gene editing humans

CRISPR gene editing has the possibility to transform disease management, but we can't be scared of editing somatic cells ...
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Hacking the Code of Life: A primer for a general audience on the ‘powers and pitfalls’ of gene editing

For people in a hurry, Nessa Carey here provides a primer on the powers and pitfalls of gene editing. [Her ...
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Would ‘designer babies’ herald a new era of eugenics?

September [2018] saw the announcement from scientists of the first manufacture of human egg cells in the lab. … Despite the apparent ...
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Geopolitics of gene editing

For a handful of countries, gene editing is key to their future power ...
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Does a future with genetic enhancements undermine ‘the idea that we are all equal’?

Sex is how humans propagate. But developments in genetic engineering might change this one day. “We are, in the future, ...
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Searching for a CRISPR antidote in case gene editing is used as a weapon

[W]hat’s to stop a madman, terrorist, or state from employing CRISPR to cause harm?... In her book A Crack in Creation, ...
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With a simple tweak, CRISPR’s genetic scissors get an accuracy boost

Without ensuring high levels of accuracy, any proposed CRISPR gene therapy becomes a genetic crapshoot. Now, a team from Duke ...
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Japanese researchers gain approval for ‘basic research’ on gene-edited human embryos

A government research panel specializing in life ethics approved the modification of genes from fertilized human eggs for basic research ...
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‘Countries have been invaded for far less’: Why the genetic arms race could start a war

Imagine you are the leader of a society that has chosen to opt out of the genetic arms race by ...
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Could we be designing babies from a menu of genetic options in 2045?

The year is 2045. The genomes of four billion humans have been sequenced, creating a huge pool of genetic information ...