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Debate emerges over using CRISPR gene editing to prevent opioid overdoses

According to the CDC, about 47,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2018, a number that remained steady from the previous ...
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Designer babies? CRISPR cucumbers? Time for a global citizens’ ethics assembly

[The] implications [of gene editing] are so profound that a growing group of experts believe it is too important a ...
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Viewpoint: Public confused and divided about genetically engineering diseases out of babies

Here’s a provocative headline and subhead from OneZero, a publication by Medium, above an article by Emily Mullin published on August 17: Men Are ...
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Science not yet ready for CRISPR gene-edited babies, US-UK commission concludes

[T]he science [behind gene edited babies] isn't advanced enough to ensure safety, says an international panel of experts who also ...
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Biotechnology timeline: Humans have manipulated genes since the ‘dawn of civilization’

The history of biotechnology shows how humans have been manipulating nature for our benefit for a long time—and how modern ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why it’s a big mistake to genetically engineer people

Studies in animals, including one described recently in Wired, show that the gene manipulation technique CRISPR has a habit of ...
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Gene editing may soon be able to cure inherited deafness. Here’s why some deaf parents oppose it

In June, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard and MIT announced that, using mice, they figured out how to use ...
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What does a gene edited squid look like?

Researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory used CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing to eliminate a gene in embryos of the squid Doryteuthis pealeii, which ...
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CRISPR gene drives could eliminate many vector-driven pests and diseases, but challenges remain

A functioning gene drive system could fundamentally change our strategies for the control of vector-borne diseases by facilitating rapid dissemination ...
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Disability advocacy community both scared and excited about CRISPR gene editing

While still highly theoretical when it comes to eliminating disabilities, gene editing has drawn the attention of the disability community ...
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4,000 US babies are born with mitochondrial diseases. That could be fixed by a new form of gene editing

With the first experiments to use CRISPR in people underway, the gene-editing technique is showing promising signs in a few ...
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When CRISPR gene editing falls short: ‘Base editing’ might treat disorders on the maternal line in mitochondrial DNA

[A] technique — which builds on a super-precise version of gene editing called base editing — could allow researchers to ...
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Knocking out cholesterol genes could offer ‘one-and-done’ CRISPR cure for heart disease

When CRISPR “base editing” was used to knock out two cholesterol-associated genes in monkeys, the animals’ blood levels of heart-disease-causing ...
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After CRISPR human embryo experiment goes awry, some call for gene editing restrictions

Biologist Kathy Niakan and her team at the Francis Crick Institute wanted to better understand the role of a particular ...
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Gene editing cures hereditary deafness in mice. Are humans next?

Two to three out of every 1,000 children born in the United States have a diminished level of hearing or ...
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CRISPR provides ‘functional cure’ for patients with beta thalassemia, sickle cell disease, preliminary study shows

Result of this ongoing trial, which is the first to use CRISPR to treat inherited genetic disorders, were announced [June ...
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Engineering transparent human cells brings us one step closer to a true ‘Invisible Man’

The project involves genetically engineering human cells to have the ability to vary their transparency. This is based on a ...
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Infographic: What CRISPR is curing in 2020

CRISPR-Cas9 is a method for quickly and accurately editing the genome of virtually any living thing. Using custom-built guide RNA ...
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First gene-edited CRISPR COVID-19 mouse created; Opens door to study infections and develop therapies

Human cells and mice cells each express their own version of angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), the membrane-bound receptor that ...
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Cheaper gene editing poised to change the world ‘and even extend human lifespans’

Increasingly inexpensive genetic sequencing and engineering tools could upend everything from health care to fuel. Why it matters: This bio ...
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A CRISPR fix for diabetes? Success using stem cells in mice offers promise for humans

[Researchers] recently used the gene-editing technology CRISPR to correct stem cells from diabetic patients and turn them into fully functioning ...
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Combining acoustic waves and CRISPR to create gene therapies for cancer and genetic disorders

A UCLA-led research team [April 28] reports that it has developed a new method for delivering DNA into stem cells ...
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11 things to know about genetic engineering, including how it’s helping us fight disease

What are some interesting facts about genetic engineering, and why it is important? … Genetically engineered things are actually all ...
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Reversing diabetes in mice with CRISPR-edited stem cells

Insulin injections can control diabetes, but patients still experience serious complications such as kidney disease and skin infections. Transplanting pancreatic ...
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‘At home’ coronavirus test? How CRISPR could change the way we search for COVID-19

If we take the advice of health experts, we won't be attempting a return to normal life in the US ...
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Curing sickle-cell disease with a more accurate CRISPR technique?

For many serious diseases, the statistics tell just half the story. Sickle-cell disease (SCD) is no exception. Yes, we can ...
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