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Dementia treatment shows promise in CRISPR lab tests

Salk Institute scientists reported [March 15] that they’ve invented a new version of the technology that works on RNA, combining CRISPR/Cas9’s ...
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Viewpoint: Will the crop biotechnology revolution pass Nigeria by?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is creating a new era, fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds. Breakthroughs in different fields ...
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CRISPR gene editing and other New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) face opposition from organic industry

Can organic and non-GMO agriculture offer innovative, tech-based solutions for our food system – or does hope lie in new ...
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Viewpoint: How Germany’s anti-GMO, pro-organic politics benefit US ag companies

Editor's note: The following is a satirical letter written by Reinhard Szibor, professor emeritus of human genetics and forensic medicine at the ...
Modern Victor Frankenstein? What synthetic biologists can learn from the classic cautionary tale

Modern Victor Frankenstein? What synthetic biologists can learn from the classic cautionary tale

Mary Shelley was 20 when she published “Frankenstein” in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and ...
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CRISPR opens the door on crop research by smaller companies and universities

CRISPR, a new gene-editing technique, offers an end run around the cost associated with traditional genetic engineering, allowing smaller companies ...
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How will government regulations impact CRISPR gene editing in agriculture?

In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is responsible for regulating food and agricultural products, has made ...
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Fertility quest: How technology has fueled quantum leaps

Nanotech, artificial intelligence, wearables and biological engineering are among the new high tech ways to knock you up, stop your ...
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Sickle cell treatment? CRISPR gene editing shows promise

A gene editing technology called CRISPR/Cas9 repaired 20 to 40 percent of stem and progenitor cells obtained from sickle cell ...
Humanzee: Creating lab-produced human-chimpanzee hybrids would be ‘profoundly ethical’

Humanzee: Creating lab-produced human-chimpanzee hybrids would be ‘profoundly ethical’

It is a bit of a stretch, but by no means impossible or even unlikely that a hybrid or a ...
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CRISPR-edited mosquitoes could dramatically reduce more than 200 million annual cases of malaria

Swatting at mosquitoes is a great start, but if we really want to cut down on the hundreds of millions ...
Europe missed out on GMO biotech revolution. What's going to happen with gene editing?

Europe missed out on GMO biotech revolution. What’s going to happen with gene editing?

As a plant geneticist in Europe, I must carefully pick my way through some of the most onerous constraints to ...
CRISPR can fix gene that causes intellectual impairment in men–fragile X syndrome

CRISPR can fix gene that causes intellectual impairment in men–fragile X syndrome

The fragile X syndrome is the most common form of intellectual impairment in men, affecting 1 out of 3,600 boys. Now, scientists ...
Human testing on beta thalassemia patients: CRISPR readied for next milestone as early as this year

Human testing on beta thalassemia patients: CRISPR readied for next milestone as early as this year

[R]esearchers demonstrated how a gene editing technique, known as Crispr-Cas9, could be used to edit living human cells, raising the ...
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Can CRISPR gene drives save New Zealand’s native birds and other wildlife?

[Many] non-native animals — known as invasive species — have been preying on the native birds, some of which don’t ...
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How foods created with CRISPR and other New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) can earn consumer trust

An Interview with Alison Van Eenennaam, Animal Biotechnology & Genomics Extension Specialist at the University of California-Davis: From your perspective, ...
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Viewpoint: CRISPR crops poised to help global food insecurity and limit farming’s environmental impact

Increased crop productivity, including the use of genetically modified and other forms of biotechnology crops, leads to more affordable food ...
Video: Why CRISPR gene-edited foods aren't subject to USDA's GMO regulations

Video: Why CRISPR gene-edited foods aren’t subject to USDA’s GMO regulations

In April 2016, the USDA gave the first approval to a CRISPR crop, clearing white-button mushroom that had been edited to ...
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Wheat is a notoriously difficult crop to improve. CRISPR could change that

One challenge to improving wheat genetically has been due to the complex genetic mechanisms that go on with wheat DNA. A wheat ...
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CRISPR update calms fears about off-target editing effects

The fear that CRISPR-based genome repair for preventing or treating genetic diseases will be derailed by “editing gone wild” has ...
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‘One-time CRISPR vaccination’? Researchers target disorder linked to heart disease

Some people have a naturally occurring mutation in a gene called ANGPTL3, which plays a role in the regulation of ...
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Current biotech regulations create animal and crop approval blocks and bottlenecks but gene editing may open new doors

The cost of current biotech industry regulations might not be obvious to consumers, but it’s clear to researchers. “We’ve got ...
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4 CRISPR gene-edited foods coming soon to a grocery store near you

Genetic researchers working with gene editing, along with farmers and growers, are excited about the potential for CRISPR technology to ...
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Precision upgrade? Modified enzyme could boost CRISPR gene editing

You wouldn't know it from the excitement generated by the revolutionary genome editing method known as CRISPR, but as practiced ...
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Targeted evolution: Why are we so afraid of CRISPR gene editing?

Here’s the paradox: modern gene technology is far less genetically invasive – and much better understood – than the time-worn ...
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Viewpoint: Regulatory overreach looms as obstacle for New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) in agriculture

The fast-moving world of plant breeding — fueled by advances in CRISPR and other techniques — has tossed a wrench ...
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Sickle-cell disease targeted by CRISPR in potential first human application

The breakthrough gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9, which was co-discovered by Jennifer Doudna, a UC Berkeley professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, may soon be ...
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Employing gene drives to protect rare species comes with risks

There is an ambitious poison baiting campaign currently being planned for Gough [island] in an attempt to control rodent numbers ...