news gates hero

Bill Gates: AI, gene editing could help us reach global health goals ‘exponentially’ faster

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been working to improve the state of global health through his nonprofit foundation for 20 ...
merlin cb a f c d articlelarge

Infographic: What the US public thinks about tinkering with human genetics

The Pew Research Center published a fascinating roundup of studies that revealed the opinions of the U.S. public on a ...
anti crispr comic

Podcast: How ‘anti-CRISPR’ viral proteins can fine-tune gene editing in medicine and agriculture

Researchers hope to exploit this viral countermeasure to regulate gene editing and minimize unintended mutations during the editing process ...
crispr

Revamped CRISPR could be more accurate and effective against human diseases, including sickle cell anemia

CRISPR is not perfect. Base editors (think of them as gene-editing pencils) can rewrite individual DNA letters. They home in ...
photo fd f c e

Dreaming of hypoallergenic cats and how CRISPR could ‘come to the rescue’

Given that just two genes are responsible for making cats a problem for many people, it seemed like a no-brainer ...
d

Why China scientist’s CRISPR baby scandal won’t be the last ethical ‘grenade’ for human gene editing

Over the next two years, via a series of stakeholder meetings and online consultations, talks with ethicists, academics, patient groups, ...
download

Immunotherapy breakthrough? CRISPR-edited immune cells proven safe for use in cancer patients in early stage trial

Now for the first time in the U.S., researchers say they’ve shown that CRISPR-edited immune cells can be safely given ...
b eede cdb a e c e bf

‘Excitement is finally catching on’: Why RNA editing may be more promising than CRISPR

CRISPR editing — at least as a therapeutic technique in people — has turned out to be more difficult than ...
coverdoudna facebookjumbo v

CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna opposes germline-editing moratorium: ‘We’re going to have to figure it out’

Jennifer Doudna wears her responsibility lightly. The scientist who co-discovered Crispr does not appear to be weighed down by the ...
im

Can we engineer soldiers to be immune to chemical attacks?

Despite international bans, some countries, such as Syria, use deadly nerve agents against enemy soldiers and civilians. Existing treatments for these ...
howwepinnedd

Mosquitoes engineered to resist dengue could become gene drive weapon against the deadly disease

Locked in a secure lab near Melbourne is the newest addition in the fight against dengue: genetically engineered mosquitoes that ...
genes site alternate featured image@ x

GLP’s Global Gene Editing Regulation Tracker and Index: Will politicians embrace innovation or fear?

We hope this gene editing regulation tracker and index will encourage science-based scrutiny and advocacy ...
image img

Developing a ‘kill switch’ to make CRISPR gene editing more precise—and safer

[Microbiologists] stumbled onto tools now known as anti-CRISPRs. These proteins serve as the rocks to CRISPR’s molecular scissors. And soon, ...
mosquitoanddna

We have the power to wipe out mosquitoes and malaria—but is that a good idea?

Gene drives have yet to be tested outside the lab, and even the most developed project to date — the ...
trump biotech

Viewpoint: In the face a gene-editing revolution, President Trump should push for moratorium on human germline editing

In the face of the rapid development of the most powerful technologies ever invented — CRISPR germline gene editing, “artificial ...
germlinebreaking

Why it’s so difficult for human embryos to survive CRISPR gene editing

CRISPR may one day wipe out devastating genetic diseases throughout entire family lines, or even the human race. But to ...
ap

Viewpoint: In 100 years, we’ll be honoring controversial CRISPR scientist He Jiankui

When I saw the news that He Jiankui and colleagues had been sentenced to three years in prison for the first human ...
the gene therapy market is going to produce a microsoft

2019 offered ‘eclectic’ mix of potentially breakthrough treatments for genetic diseases, from cystic fibrosis to sickle cell

2019 was a very good year for new treatments of genetic diseases ...
d y

Would the US prosecute a rogue scientist like China’s He Jiankui who illegally gene edited an embryo?

13 months after He Jiankui announced that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies, the Chinese scientist was sentenced to ...
5-16-2019 yalenews editing genomes msh

Viewpoint: We need ‘public buy-in’ before moving forward on human gene editing

In response to [China's controversial CRISPR babies], the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), the Chinese Academies of ...
4-2-2019 crispr cas gene editing x

Viewpoint: There’s a repeatability problem with CRISPR experiments. Only ‘self-governance’ can fix it

Many scientists assume that if a chunk of a gene is missing then the protein that it encodes will not ...
prime editing

CRISPR gene editing’s ‘prime’ upgrade could snip out 89% of genetic diseases

The new editing technique has the capability to introduce specified changes to the DNA: mutations, deletions, and insertions of new ...
f large

Here’s a virus that CRISPR can’t touch—it could help researchers gain better control of the gene-editing tool

Bacteria and phages are likely locked in an arms race. The former evolve new kinds of scissor enzymes, and the ...
cas virus v custom efeafcabfa cbe cd e b d c ca dd b s c

‘CRISPR this, CRISPR that’: Is our fascination with the popular gene-editing tool distracting us from the potential of gene-silencing RNAi technology?

I hope the public fascination with CRISPR can also embrace the other biotechnologies providing new therapeutic options ...
murray gene doping olympics tease now q

‘Genome doping’: Gene-edited babies could change the world of athletics

With the taboo on human gene editing in the process of being shattered, children whose genomes have been modified before ...
ts labtools target x

New CRISPR tool pinpoints potentially harmful off-target edits more efficiently

With the first CRISPR gene editing therapies now in clinical trials there is an increased urgency to be able to ...
unnamed file

Genetics pioneer George Church on support for human gene editing: As long as it’s open to everyone—rich or poor

Is it ethical to genetically engineer people? Leading geneticist George Church spends a lot of time thinking about the answer ...
genes

Should parents be allowed to choose a child’s sexual orientation through gene editing?

Where do our sexual preferences come from? Most of us don’t stop to ponder, simply because there’s no need to ...