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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 ...
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Viewpoint: Moving forward with human gene editing requires scientists to ‘educate, engage, and empower’ the public, policymakers

Researchers have long struggled to draw a line around ethical genome editing. While modifications to somatic cells only affect a single individual, ...
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Video: Futurist Jamie Metzl explores ‘Augmented Humanity’ and why it would be ‘insane’ not to embrace gene editing, other new technologies

There's something that feels a little scary about augmented humans and it's because we've seen all these films of these ...
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Viewpoint: Global moratorium on human gene editing ‘inadvisable’ for 3 reasons, including potential research delays

Heritable genome editing (HGE) of the human germline has potential as a niche assisted reproductive technology. If it can be ...
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Biohacker Josiah Zayner explains how to be ethical without being ‘responsible’

Josiah Zayner is a biophysicist who made headlines in 2017 when he tried to edit his genome live onstage at a ...
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Programming CRISPR to fight viruses could lead to new treatments for Ebola, Zika

CRISPR is usually thought of as a laboratory tool to edit DNA in order to fix genetic defects or enhance ...
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Deafness edited out of human eggs by Russian researcher. No plans for gene-edited babies—yet

Russian biologist Denis Rebrikov has started editing the GJB2 gene, associated with deafness, in human eggs donated by women who ...
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4 innovations—including stronger gene-editing skills—that would allow us to rewrite genomes from the ground up

The ability to read genomes has transformed our understanding of biology. Being able to write them would give us unprecedented ...
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Should we use gene editing on human newborns? Exploring scientific arguments for, and against, what may be inevitable

[L]et’s take a closer look at the headline question in own words of scientists. Below are exact quotes from documents, ...
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Viewpoint: Why CRISPR embryo editing is not ‘morally urgent’: No one has to have a child

[He Jiankui’s CRISPR babies] brought to the surface common misunderstandings — even among scientists and ethicists — that reproductive uses of this ...
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‘Unnatural Selection’: Netflix series tackles tough CRISPR issues, including biohacking and editing children’s DNA

Is it ethical to edit your child’s DNA — or your own? Does the answer depend on whether you’re perfectly ...
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‘Hacking the Code of Life’: How gene editing will lead to disease cures and nutritionally enhanced food

In “Hacking the Code of Life,” Nessa Carey explores new technology offering the power to alter the genome with increasing ...
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New CRISPR tool promises ability to reduce unintended consequences to almost zero, treat expanded range of diseases

A new form of the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 appears to significantly expand the range of diseases that could be treated ...
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Top 10 biotech innovations of all time, including CRISPR, IVF babies

Human Genome Project As biology’s first “big science” collaboration, the international Human Genome Project mapped and sequenced the entire human ...
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‘Temporary hurdle’: Russia halts scientist’s effort to create more CRISPR babies

Russian health officials are playing down international concerns that a Moscow researcher plans to create gene-edited babies any time soon, ...
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CRISPR gene editing raises hopes of easing the pain associated with sickle cell disease

[Sickle cell] disease is caused by a genetic defect that turns red blood cells into hard, sticky, sickle-shaped cells that don't ...
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Researchers retract study questioning long-term health of China’s controversial CRISPR babies

A study that raised questions over the future health of the world’s first gene-edited babies has been retracted because of ...