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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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‘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 ...
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‘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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Viewpoint: With Conservative sweep of the ‘Brexit election’, Boris Johnson poised to steer the UK out of ‘outdated’ EU GMO, CRISPR regulations

If the UK replaces the EU's overly cautious biotech rules with a pro-innovation scheme, it could become a true global ...
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Podcast: A closer look at the CRISPR experiment that could cure sickle cell disease

Victoria Gray, 34, of Forest, Miss., volunteered for one of the most anticipated medical experiments in decades: the first attempt ...
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Brave new world? Why the public might be ready for gene-edited babies

Gene-editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9 are rapidly bringing the possibilities forward ...
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There’s still a lot we don’t know about China’s controversial CRISPR babies, including their health status

Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world by claiming he had helped make the first gene-edited babies. One year later, ...
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Excerpts from unpublished paper reveal ‘damning’ details suggesting controversial CRISPR babies’ experiment went awry

Titled “Birth of Twins After Genome Editing for HIV Resistance,” and 4,699 words long, the still unpublished paper was authored ...
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Are we ignoring ‘staggering risks’ of human gene editing, including a wider gap between haves and have nots?

Biologists recently revealed a new form of the gene-editing tool known as Crispr that allows researchers to make precise changes ...
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It’s been a year since the CRISPR baby controversy. Why are we still without global gene-editing rules?

Around this time last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world when he revealed the birth of the first ...
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Religious beliefs shape our thinking on cloning, stem cells and gene editing

Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam react to new technologies in their own ways ...
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New use for CRISPR: Keeping viruses like Zika and influenza from making people sick

It's not easy to treat viral infections. Just ask anyone with a bad cold or a case of the flu ...
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Is it time to decide what we want our future gene-edited society to look like?

Now, we are able to ‘design’ babies, filtering out illnesses, and selecting things like eye colour, hair colour, and even ...
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CRISPR therapy demonstrates ‘real curative potential’ for sickle cell disease, beta thalassemia

The first two patients to receive a CRISPR-based treatment for the inherited blood disorders sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia ...
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Gene-editing pioneer Jennifer Doudna calls for greater accountability on anniversary of China scientist CRISPR gene editing human embryo

There are key moments in the history of every disruptive technology that can make or break its public perception and ...
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We may need to genetically engineer astronauts to protect them from radiation during long space flights

One of the main health concerns with space travel is radiation exposure. If, for example, scientists could figure out a way ...
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How a genetically modified morning glory was almost the 2020 Olympics mascot

Sebastian Cocioba, a 29-year-old college dropout and self-styled “plant hacker,” has lived there with his parents for the past decade ...
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4 keys to the future of synthetic genomics, including the ability to ‘construct entire chromosomes’

We are already living in a synthetic biology world. Within that huge world is an enormous variety of ideas and ...
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CRISPR prime editing: Broad Institute biochemist David Liu discusses pros, cons and off-target effects

STAT invited readers to submit questions to [biochemist David] Liu on the new [CRISPR prime] technology. He also received some ...
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CRISPR-based cancer therapy passes first test with ‘encouraging’ results

The powerful gene-editing technique known as CRISPR has raised a lot of hope in recent years for its potential to offer new ...
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Podcast: CRISPR advances, HIV cures and a perfect predator for superbugs

Exploring the latest advances in medical biotechnology including CRISPR-based gene therapies, infection-fighting viruses and a cure for HIV. Plus reflections ...
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CRISPR got an upgrade. ‘Prime editing’ offers more accurate ‘search-and-replace’

All right, let’s do this one last time. My name is CRISPR. I was made from a bacterial defense system, and ...