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Will genetic cyber-athletes come to dominate sports?

The era of the über-athlete may be nearer than most people think, and it will spark fierce ethical debates. The ...

CRISPR, yogurt bacteria reveal how microbe genomes evolve

Are there genome editing tools running around in that yogurt you’re eating? Don’t drop your spoon and start scraping your ...

China’s spending on genetics research making huge advances in biotech

Years of pouring money into its laboratories, wooing scientists home from overseas and urging researchers to publish and patent is ...

CRISPR gene editing used to genetically modify trees to protect their health

Researchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9 to modify the genome of ...

Genetics experts weigh in on CRISPR regulation

Nature has been closely following the ongoing discussion on CRISPR-Cas9, and what this remarkably easy and powerful gene editing technique means ...

Will new gene editing technologies kindle eugenic aspirations?

While the process of synthesizing and arranging genetic code has many processes, perhaps none has been as promising as the ...

Are concerns over danger of CRISPR eclipsing potential benefits?

CRISPR is causing a major upheaval in biomedical research. Unlike other gene-editing methods, it is cheap, quick and easy to ...
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The Case for GMOs and Sustainability

From conventional breeding to mutagenesis, none of our foods that we eat today is the product of Nature’s way. But ...

National Academies gear up to discuss human gene editing implications

The National Academies of Science (NAS) and National Academies of Medicine (NAM) have their work cut out for them as ...

The Asilomar conference and its lessons for the regulation of gene-editing

There is a precedent for establishing internationally agreed-upon limits for new science, though it can be hard to do. A ...
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Genetically engineered animals with CRISPR-Cas9 edited genes are being developed

As CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology has advanced in the last few years, the number of genetically modified animals made with ...
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GMO myth busting: Crops (and humans) safely composed of ‘foreign’ genes

A central canon of GMO critics is the belief that transgenics--transferring genes from one species to another--represents a 'crime against ...
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Newsweek: CRISPR gene editing could ‘save world from hunger’ if anti-GMO opponents do not block it

In 2012, a new tool was invented that revolutionizes how scientists can examine—and manipulate—plant genetic processes. It’s called CRISPR-Cas9, and ...

National Academy of Sciences seeks to set guidelines for use of CRISPR-Cas9

The National Academy of Sciences, responding to concerns expressed by scientists and ethicists, has launched an ambitious initiative to recommend ...

Should there be tighter regulations on gene editing in wildlife?

The ethical issues raised by human germline engineering are not new. They deserve consideration, but outcry over designer babies and ...

CRISPR founder fighting for patent rights to gene-editing tool

Will the University of California reap the financial rewards of CRISPR's commercial use, likely worth billions of dollars? That's the ...

Scientist who discovered CRISPR/Cas9 weighs future of new technology

Three years ago, Jennifer A. Doudna, a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley, helped make one of the most monumental ...

Should human germline gene editing even be considered for future use?

Rumors about human germline editing experiments prompted scientists to gather in January in Napa, Calif. Discussions there led two groups ...
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Is CRISPR gene editing advanced enough to warrant human testing?

Some experts say CRISPR-edited humans could be here in 5 years, but scientists are quickly moving to self-regulate experimentation with ...
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Could CRISPR’s simplicity make it difficult to regulate human embryonic gene editing?

A group of researchers shocked the world in April when they revealed that they had used a revolutionary gene editing ...

Why we should stop talking about gene editing in terms of dystopian sci fi

Recently, I went on the NPR show “On Point” to talk about using CRISPR to edit embryos. Towards the end of ...

Embyro editing experiment continues to roil scientists

In the wake of the first ever report that scientists have edited the genomes of human embryos, experts cannot agree ...

NASA scientist tells story behind fake plea for help over ‘framed’ DNA test that went viral

​A Craigslist ad thoug​ht to be covert advertising or “viral marketing for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie” is actually an experimental ...
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Ethical and science conundrum: Did reporters, scientists miss nuances of embryo gene-editing story?

Report from China of the first genetically modified human embryos using gene editing technologies has resulted in a collective response ...
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Scientists who edited human embryo DNA face widespread backlash

Junjiu Huang and his colleagues at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, performed a series of experiments involving 86 ...
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Chinese scientists ‘edit’ DNA in human embryo

Chinese researchers reported that they edited the genes of human embryos using a new technique called CRISPR. While these embryos will ...
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‘Search and replace’ CRISPR DNA tool gaining traction despite calls for moratorium

Momentum has been rapidly mounting around a technology called CRISP​R-Cas9, often described as a “search and replace” tool for DNA. The reason? ...

How can we best consider the consequences of altering a human genome?

The advent of CRISPR/Cas9 again sees a biomedical technology challenging norms and raising concerns. CRISPR/Cas9 makes it comparatively easy to ...