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Can we treat autism with CRISPR gene editing?

Scientists have figured how to use a form of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to erase genetic traits normally associated ...
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Meet Francisco Mojica, the scientist who first discovered CRISPR in a Spanish salt marsh

Professor [Francisco] Mojica grew up near the Mediterranean port of Santa Pola in Spain, a region famous for its salt ...
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Fueling CRISPR: The nonprofit dedicated to sharing ‘bits of useful DNA’

When Feng Zhang was a graduate student in the early 2000s, he helped make a groundbreaking discovery: Light-sensitive proteins from ...
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With gene drives, we could delete’ an entire invasive species. Should we?

In a windowless London basement, behind three sets of locked steel doors and a wall of glass, thousands of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes cling ...
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Using CRISPR to build a ‘massive library’ of tools to cure genetic disease

In the past few years, [David] Liu’s become one of the most brightly-shining luminaries in the rapidly advancing field of gene ...
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Using CRISPR to block production of HIV in infected cells

Contracting HIV is no longer the death sentence that it was in the 1980s and early 90s. The first cases ...
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What we need to know about reports suggesting CRISPR can cause cancer

STAT’s story about CRISPR-edited cells often lacking a functional gene known to prevent cancer caused a bit of a stir... Cut to ...
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CRISPR legal battle front: UC Berkeley wins pair of patents

There’s been a legal battle going on to determine which of the scientists whose research led to CRISPR’s discovery gets ...
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Will CRISPR gene editing disrupt or perpetuate global health and medical social inequalities?

On [June 3 and 4], hundreds of scientists, industry folk, and public health officials from all over the world filled ...
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Fears of ‘designer babies’ are surfacing again

"What we're seeing is a fast slide down a very slippery slope toward designer babies," warned Marcy Darnovsky. … What has alarmed ...
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CRISPR innovator Feng Zhang on treating human diseases: ‘We’re still a ways from that’

[Biologist Feng Zhang] has already made two discoveries tipped to win Nobel Prizes. The big one, the one that shot ...
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A view from CRISPRcon: Hope, promise and ‘an unmistakable sense of urgency’

The title of this article is partially borrowed from a fascinating Lightning Presentation delivered by John Doench of Broad Institute ...
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Viewpoint: Biohackers are interested in science education, not planning the ‘next global apocalypse’

Some people call me a biohacker. My colleagues like the term because it sounds cool, and journalists like it because ...
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Synthego’s pre-edited genetic material makes CRISPR research faster and easier

Synthego, a provider of gene editing services for genomics research and experimentation, has launched a new suite of products that ...
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Studies warn that CRISPR gene edits could trigger cancer

Editing cells’ genomes with CRISPR-Cas9 might increase the risk that the altered cells, intended to treat disease, will trigger cancer, two studies ...
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CRISPRcon talks designer babies and scientific colonialism

While lacking the costuming of Comic-Con or revelry of SantaCon, [CRISPRCon’s] second annual geek-out dealt with a concept weightier than ...
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Who deserves credit for CRISPR? There’s a ‘profound disconnect between law and science’

One of the world’s richest science awards, given only in alternate years, will go to three discoverers of the CRISPR-Cas9 ...
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Home biohacker: Creating deadly human pathogens ‘is not that easy’

Using the handy tools sent in [the ODIN’s Genetk Design Kit], I was set to re-engineer some nonpathogenic E. coli ...
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Who should pay for million-dollar life-saving gene therapies?

While life-changing and life-saving gene therapies are going on the market, they have price tags that many cannot pay for ...
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8 ways that CRISPR is changing the world

From saving lives to potentially rescuing coral reefs, here are eight examples of exciting CRISPR projects that showcase just why ...
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Major human CRISPR trial derailed by FDA—at least for now

You’ve heard it before: CRISPR has the potential to change our lives for the better. But first, we have to give it ...
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Lessons learned from the GMO debate could pave way for public acceptance of gene drives

For people who watched the decades-old opposition to “GMO” unfold, headlines like this one from The Guardian look familiar: US military agency ...
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Diagnosing infectious diseases like Zika or Dengue at home with a CRISPR kit

CRISPR-based home test can immediately detect disease DNA through blood or saliva ...
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Uganda’s scientists strive to use biotechnology to solve agricultural, health and environmental challenges

It is morning time, we are in a hotel based at the center of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, ...
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The infamous life and death of biohacker Aaron Traywick

In the span of two years, Aaron Traywick, who was 28 when he died, went from a virtual unknown to ...
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CRISPR creator Jennifer Doudna: It’s ‘important that ethical discussions keep pace with technology’

Jennifer Doudna, the gene-editing pioneer whose breakthrough in CRISPR technology has taken the scientific world by storm, expressed surprise [May ...
Project Recode: Can we create synthetic ‘superhero’ human cells immune to viruses, cancer and aging?

Project Recode: Can we create synthetic ‘superhero’ human cells immune to viruses, cancer and aging?

Recently, roughly 200 eminent scientists assembled in Boston. Their agenda? Creating “superhero” human cells impervious to all viral attacks and ...
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Reducing HIV replication with CRISPR could lead to effective cure

Scientists in Japan have used CRISPR-Cas9 technology to stop human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) replication in latently infected T cells that ...