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Debating perils and promise of gene editing

“Crap!” That was the first word out of Kevin Esvelt’s mouth as he scanned a paper published in Science in March. The work ...

CRISPR modifies human T cell genome, offering future AIDS therapy

Investigators from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have developed a new strategy to precisely modify human T cells using CRISPR/Cas9—implications ...
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#CRISPRfacts media debate over Wired’s hype of gene editing technique

On July 21, WIRED magazine released its August issue with a cover story on the controversial new gene-editing technique CRISPR. Under the headline “The Genesis ...
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Cripr-Cas9 DNA editing opens world of possibilities—and Pandora’s box

Crispr-Cas9 makes it easy, cheap, and fast to move genes around—any genes, in any living thing, from bacteria to people ...

What has CRISPR accomplished in three years, and what are the dangers we’ll have to face?

Preeminent genetic researchers like David Baltimore, then at MIT, went to the Asilomar conference in 1975 to grapple with the ...

Can gene editing preserve line between medicine and eugenics?

CRISPR is the latest chapter in a long, darkly comic history of human genetic improvement. Like whole-gene engineering in the ...
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Science explainer: We may not resurrect dinosaurs but other extinct animals likely to be revived

De-extinction is moving closer to reality--maybe not Jurassic World real, but a number of more recent animals may soon be ...

Designer gut bacteria could help fight stomach diseases in the future

Biologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a genetically modified version of a common bacteria found in the ...

Congress’ only scientist raises warns about human gene editing

It is rare that prominent members of the scientific community come together to warn our leaders of technological breakthroughs that ...

How the accidental discovery of CRISPR led to most powerful gene editing tool yet

When Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier discovered the most powerful DNA editing technology we know of, CRISPR-Cas9 — something MIT Technology ...

How, exactly, does CRISPR gene editing work?

After having read a number things about CRISPR (and ZFN and TALENS – two competing techniques) I understood the results it could ...
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Why China won’t agree to moratorium on human embryonic gene modification?

In March, a group of US scientists requested scientists around the world to not genetically modify human embryos. They argue that the ...
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Ethical and regulatory reflections on CRISPR gene editing revolution

Only three years ago, scientists from the United States and Sweden invented a technology that is literally upending our view ...

CRISPR’s potential in gene therapy shadowed by concerns over ethical use

Tracy Antonelli and her three daughters suffer from thalassemia, a blood disorder that saps their strength, leaves them anemic, and ...

CRISPR regulation can’t be left to scientists alone

This year, several leading researchers have sounded warnings about the risks of using the CRISPR gene-editing technique to modify human and ...
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Headlines tout Jurassic World in offing but scientists, journalists separate fact from fiction

A real-life "Jurassic World" with genetically engineered dinosaurs is an enthralling or frightening scenario — depending upon your perspective — ...
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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 ...