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Viewpoint: Call for moratorium on heritable gene editing reminds us of gene therapy’s troubled early days

A group of influential scientists have urged that clinical use of CRISPR be put on hold in the wake of ...
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Top CRISPR researchers want global moratorium on heritable gene editing

After the first International Summit on Human Gene Editing in December 2015, a statement was released. The organizers were unanimous ...
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China tightens gene-editing regulations in wake of CRISPR baby scandal

China’s health ministry has issued draft regulations that will restrict the use of gene editing in humans, just three months ...
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Among questions lingering after CRISPR-babies controversy: When will it happen again?

In the three months since He Jiankui announced the birth of twin girls with edited genomes, the questions facing the ...
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CRISPR’s lengthy patent legal battle could finally end—in a tie

Like a couple of heavyweight boxers who just keep slugging it out, the University of California Berkeley (UCB) and the ...
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Gene editing police? World Health Organization may take on the job

Who’s going to police CRISPR? That was the cry of many scientists after news broke at the end of last ...
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‘Genetic crapshoot’: Two studies suggest clinical use of CRISPR hampered by off-target editing

The version of CRISPR whose selling point has been its precision suffers, ironically, from the same shortcoming that has dogged ...
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UN: ‘Unintended consequences’ of CRISPR gene editing among top 5 ’emerging’ environmental concerns

Genetic engineering, the consequences of thawing permafrost soils and the fragmentation of animal and human habitats through gigantic construction projects ...
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Can vaccines be supercharged by CRISPR, creating ‘one-and-done’ virus protection?

Vaccines are risky or ineffective in people with compromised immune systems, they don’t even exist for several viral diseases, and ...
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Lassa epidemic: Nigeria uses CRISPR to get early jump on viral outbreaks

An epidemic of Lassa fever in Nigeria that has killed 69 people this year is on track to be the ...
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Gene from controversial CRISPR baby experiment could deliver new stroke treatment

A widely criticized experiment last year saw a researcher in China delete a gene in twin girls at the embryonic ...
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Why gene editing isn’t ready for treating human disease: It’s not ‘efficient enough’

Gene editing will likely always come with a bit of risk; when you're cutting and pasting DNA in millions of ...
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‘First ever’ human CRISPR trial targets rare beta thalassemia blood disorder

CRISPR, the groundbreaking and controversial gene-editing technique, has been used in a patient with a debilitating blood disease, scientists revealed ...
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 ...
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‘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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Using CRISPR to fight antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

The superbugs are winning the antibiotics wars. CRISPR could turn the tide ...