Did China's government fund the controversial 'CRISPR babies' experiment?

Did China’s government fund the controversial ‘CRISPR babies’ experiment?

Three government institutions in China, including the nation’s science ministry, may have funded the “CRISPR babies” study that led to ...
2-16-2019 hand kid cute leg finger foot pxhere com

‘Genome profiling’—not gene editing—could offer easiest path to smarter babies

For the foreseeable future, editing embryos to enhance IQ is a sci-fi fantasy. A different approach aimed at enhancing IQ ...
baby genetically modified infant newborn b

Did China’s CRISPR babies have their brains enhanced? It’s possible.

The brains of two genetically edited girls born in China last year may have been changed in ways that enhance ...
2-19-2019 angelman clinic feature

Rare brain disorder—Angelman syndrome—could be treated with gene therapy in the womb

Scientists are developing a radical form of gene therapy that could cure a devastating medical disorder by mending mutations in the brains ...
genetherapy x

First gene-editing experiments on adults suffering from rare metabolic disorders offer promising early results

In late 2017, scientists first began attempting to edit the genes of adults to treat rare genetic disorders. Preliminary results ...
crispr babies

What’s the future of human gene editing? Balancing ethical and religious concerns with evidence-based uses of genetic technologies

The November announcement of CRISPR-created babies provoked an intense uproar from scientists, ethicists and the public alike. Fears of independent ...
2-6-2019 young

Are DIY designer babies a real possibility?

[Bryan] Bishop, a 29-year-old programmer and Bitcoin investor, has been leaving a trail of comments about human “enhancement” on the ...
crispr

University of California Berkeley scores win in CRISPR patent rivalry

The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, ...
dnax

Many people are confused and concerned about human gene editing. They might just need a ‘better understanding’ of how it works

Genome editing has struck a public nerve in a more profound way than most new medical technologies ...
2-5-2019 nz jiankui

What the CRISPR baby controversy can teach us about ethics through the ages

[H]ow should we assess the ethics of new biomedical procedures when we know that society’s views may change?  More specifically, ...
2-7-2019 ak hj

Stanford investigating whether faculty has ties to controversial Chinese CRISPR baby experiment

Officials at Stanford University have opened an investigation into what several high-profile faculty members knew about a Chinese effort to ...
2-3-2019 df b aeb d bf crispr

CRISPR-based drugs face tricky manufacturing problem

There are two key challenges in delivering a CRISPR-Cas9 therapy so it is effective in the body: It must be ...
gene

Viewpoint: Human gene-editing ethics should not ‘be left to scientists alone’

There is one important takeaway from the controversy [about He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies] that seems to have gone overlooked in ...
1-29-2019 unnamed file

Why the quest to create ‘super babies’ is a ‘fool’s errand’

Gene-edited babies should probably always be prohibited, not because of fears of creating inequalities and advantaged “super babies,” but because ...
antibiotics

Using CRISPR to fight antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

The superbugs are winning the antibiotics wars. CRISPR could turn the tide ...
1-31-2019 a

Viewpoint: Biologist Craig Mello knew about the CRISPR babies. Why his silence was ‘not acceptable’

The Associated Press reports that Nobel laureate and biologist Craig Mello was aware of a pregnancy in China involving gene-edited ...
crispr

Improving CRISPR gene editing of human cells with an ‘off switch’

For all its gene-editing prowess, mechanistically CRISPR is a bit like a power tool with a broken “off” switch. Hear ...
deem

Questions arise over US scientist’s role in CRISPR baby controversy

An American scientist at Rice University was far more involved in the widely condemned “CRISPR babies” experiment than has previously ...
1-30-2019 ti mouse gene drive feat

Rodent-targeting gene drive could be delivered through CRISPR

Scientists are getting closer to creating a genetic pest-control measure against rodents. Female mice engineered to carry a genetic cut-and-paste machine ...
dnax

‘CRISPR babies’ prompt review of international gene-editing guidelines: They ‘were not clear enough’

Less than two years after producing an exhaustive report on human genome editing, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the National ...
predator

Push to use gene editing to fight invasive predators rejected in New Zealand

A lobby group is calling for an end to a ban on investigating whether genetic technologies could be used to kill predators ...
1-27-2019 p w

China’s latest ‘ethical mess’: Cloning diseased gene-edited monkeys

Chinese researchers have cloned five gene-edited monkeys with a host of genetic disease symptoms, according to two scientific papers published ...
1-27-2019 crispr

CRISPR explained: Everything you need to know

Here’s everything you need to know about the complex and sometimes controversial technology driving the gene-editing revolution. CRISPR evolved as ...
1-23-2019 twin sisters e x

Viewpoint: ‘Now is the time’ for global laws on human gene editing

[T]he bedrock concept underpinning existing international agreements on bioethics and gene editing establishes that we don't have the right to use technologies ...
1-21-2019 baby

Why we don’t have to worry about ‘designer babies’: Altering intelligence is too hard

One of the main worries that the public has about CRISPR is that it could be used to create “designer babies” with increased levels ...
1-19-2019 doudna crispr

Viewpoint: Human germline editing offers ‘bright future’ if done carefully

We are at the point where our technology will soon surpass our humanity. It used to be that what we ...
china

Why it was no surprise that controversial CRISPR babies happened in China

The headline-making births last November of the world’s first gene-edited babies (twin girls) was unsurprising in one way: The scientist ...
he jiankui x

Chinese scientist behind CRISPR babies committed crimes, will be punished, China says

The scientist responsible for creating the world’s first genetically modified babies violated government bans and committed fraud, according to Chinese ...