Health, ethics, or money: What’s really driving CRISPR debate?

A momentous technological revolution is unfolding in our very real, no longer fictive ability to easily and cheaply alter the ...

Human germline editing debate needs public discourse more than moratorium

Three high-profile scientific statements published in quick succession called for various kinds of moratoria on research on and/or use of ...

Adjustment to CRISPR method could make gene editing therapy a reality

A tweak to a technique that edits DNA with pinpoint precision has boosted its ability to correct defective genes in ...

CRISPR-Cas9: How to move forward with revolutionary new DNA editing technology

In 2012, scientists in the U.S. and Sweden invented a technology as potentially life-altering as splitting the atom. One that ...
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Mammoth DNA successfully resurrected, but cloning won’t happen anytime soon

A group of researchers are getting closer to bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back to life. Geneticist George Church’s lab ...

How to weigh enormous promise, potential danger of CRISPR/Cas9 technology

A technique for editing genes while they reside in intact chromosomes has been a real breakthrough. Literally. In 2013, Science ...

Doomed mammoth-cloning attempt foiled by cosmic rays

Hwang Woo-Suk is the bad boy of genetics. He’s most famous for falsely claiming to have cloned human stem cells ...

Should biologists keep invasive CRISPR mutations in check?

On 28 December 2014, Valentino Gantz and Ethan Bier checked on the fruit flies that had just hatched in their ...
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GMO-Luddite debate: Are anti-technology “progressives” promoting poverty or preserving traditions?

Of the top emerging technologies predicted to flourish in 2015, two have an immediate impact on GMOs and the genetics ...
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Ethical ‘decision day’: How should we regulate ‘gene editing’ of humans?

Should we tinker with the genes of our descendants? It's been a futuristic ethical debate for half a century. Now ...
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Beyond ‘romance’ of organics: 6 ignored sustainable practices organic proponents should embrace

Organic farming is often promoted by followers as 'close to Nature'--the sustainable way to grow food. Although some organic techniques ...

Genome editing more efficiently targets desirable traits in crops

A novel strategy to enhance genome editing promises to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range ...

Bioethicist calls for tighter regulation of non transgenic gene edited crops

A survey of rice, wheat, barley, fruit, and vegetable crops found that most mutants created by advanced genetic engineering techniques ...
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Owen Paterson: ‘Anti-GMO stance of Green Blob, Greenpeace condemn poor to starvation, death

Former UK environment secretary goes on the attack against what he says are modern Luddites: Greenpeace and the ministers of ...

Will gene-edited products be considered GMOs?

The genome engineering methods currently used, particularly in mammalian cells, are difficult and inefficient. This has led scientists to search ...

Light-activated genes in bacteria engineered with CRISPR-Cas9

Scientists may have taken a step closer to making science fiction a medical reality. Researchers at Duke University have developed ...

Sights set on CRISPR as potential tool in treating genetic diseases

Astra Zeneca has announced a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many ...
Does genome editing mean the end of genetic disease?

Does genome editing mean the end of genetic disease?

In October, two scientists shared the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for inventing the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology ...

Genome editing is future of biotech

I asked some of those social thought leaders for their predictions of what we can expect from biotech and biopharma ...

‘Non-GMO’ genetic tool helps yogurt fend off bacterial viruses

Two years ago, a genome-editing tool referred to as CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) burst onto the scene ...
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Scientists urge revamped regulations for genetic engineering

Scientists are calling for revamped regulation of genetic modification, especially the new techniques not subject to current rules ...
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Gene Therapy 3.0: Rise and fall and rise again of gene therapy–For real this time?

Gene therapy is seeing a renaissance after a long period of skepticism about its failed potential. What are the new ...

Laboratories race to advance CRISPR research in spite of patent dispute

Last month in Silicon Valley, biologists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier showed up in black gowns to receive the $3 ...

Stem cells, CRISPR/Cas9 explored for possible HIV treatment

“Berlin Patient” Timothy Brown was cured of HIV after he received stem cells from a patient naturally immune to the ...

Gene editing advances raise hopes for hemophilia cure

In a scientifically-based future, researchers will be able to tailor the cure to the patient using genetic modification - by ...

Leap forward in cancer research attributed to CRISPR tumor modeling

By sequencing the genomes of tumor cells, thousands of genetic mutations have been linked with cancer. Sifting through this deluge ...

‘Gene drives’ could circumvent anti-GMO hysteria but present unique risks

Wouldn't it be great if scientists could genetically engineer mosquitoes to be immune to the malaria parasite, thus protecting people ...

Uses of CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering expand to editing RNA

The CRISPR/Cas9 system, a powerful tool for genome engineering and gene regulation, has been thought to be incapable of targeting RNA ...