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How religious beliefs shape our thinking on cloning, stem cells and gene editing

Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam react to new technologies and concepts in their own way – though there is ...
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BRCA mutations can be deadly or harmless. Now CRISPR can tell the difference

CRISPR has many emerging applications, one of which is identifying dangerous breast cancer mutations ...
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Explaining CRISPR gene editing to beginners is no easy task

[MIT grad student Avery] Normandin was surrounded by an entirely different kind of laypeople. These folks — or at least ...
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Viewpoint: Why the West should worry about losing the gene-editing race

I fear that the West is losing today’s version of the “space race” — this one to use and control gene ...
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Why the patent system could help shape the future of gene editing

A crucial part of the arsenal for shaping the future of gene editing is hiding in plain sight: the patent ...
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How Frankenstein and 200 years of horror stories have haunted the biotechnology revolution

It was a dark and stormy night in 1818, when something sinister was loosed upon the world. Okay, so it ...
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Designer babies are already here—and why we should be worried

Matthew assumed the weakness in his knee was the sort of orthopedic nuisance that happens when you turn 30. … ...
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Promising treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy developed with CRISPR gene editing

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a life-threatening muscle-wasting illness. Occurring mostly in males, it is the most common type of muscular ...
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Stephen Hawking’s warning: Gene-edited ‘superhumans’ threaten the rest of humanity

The late physicist and author Prof Stephen Hawking has caused controversy by suggesting a new race of superhumans could develop from wealthy ...
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Two moms, no dad? Gene editing allows same-sex mice to have babies

Using gene editing and stem cells, researchers in China have helped mice of the same sex bear pups. While this ...
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Treating genetic disorders before birth? CRISPR cures mouse disease in the womb

Nearly 40 years after surgeons first operated on fetuses to cure devastating abnormalities, researchers have taken the first step toward curing genetic ...
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Japan poised to permit gene editing on human embryos by 2019

Japan has issued draft guidelines that allow the use of gene-editing tools in human embryos. The proposal was released by ...
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Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
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Creating a safer CRISPR by targeting RNA instead of DNA

Researchers at the prestigious Salk Institute are reporting that they have managed to map the molecular structure of a CRISPR enzyme that could ...
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This natural defense strategy could help some genes fend off CRISPR edits

Sowbugs, armadillos, hedgehogs… and DNA? The same strategy that some animals use to avoid being attacked — roll into a ...
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Viewpoint: What was right and what was wrong with the CRISPR patent decision

The CRISPR patent dispute between the University of California, Berkeley, and the Broad Institute is finally over. … In plain English: Broad researcher ...
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UC Berkeley loses another round in legal dispute with Broad Institute over CRISPR patents

A federal appeals court has rejected arguments that UC Berkeley has exclusive rights to patents for the powerful CRISPR gene-editing ...
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Why some researchers have urged caution with CRISPR gene editing

Despite all the excitement surrounding CRISPR editing, researchers have urged caution about moving too fast. Two recent studies have raised ...
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In-body gene editing successful in first trial, targeting Hunter syndrome

A therapy that edits genes directly in the human body might be safe, suggest early findings from the first trial ...
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CRISPR treatment for dogs with muscular dystrophy could one day lead to a cure for humans

Dogs suffering from muscular dystrophy are having their genomes edited with CRISPR, and the results are “mind-blowing.” Researchers from Texas ...
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Measuring the risks, potential of CRISPR

The gene editing technology CRISPR has prompted both breathless predictions of medical breakthroughs and warnings of apocalypse. Yale Insights asked ...
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CRISPR co-creator Jennifer Doudna: Clinical human gene editing 5 to 10 years away

A pioneer of the Crispr gene-editing technology that’s taken Wall Street by storm says the field is probably five to 10 years ...
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Video: Why gene editing could change the path of human evolution

Most people think the genetics revolution is primarily about healthcare. But what's really at play is the evolutionary trajectory of ...
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Base Editing: New CRISPR technique could improve ability to safely edit human embryos

A new CRISPR technique could prevent humans from passing on a potentially life-threatening disorder, according to Chinese researchers. An estimated ...
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A more modest goal for CRISPR: Making chemotherapy ‘a bit less terrible’ for patients

Ambitious efforts to prevent or beat cancer are important, but we can’t overlook or undervalue the incremental breakthroughs that could ...
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Genetically modified astronauts? Why humans may need to be redesigned for deep-space missions

NASA is now preparing for a human mission to Mars, but if our descendants ever shrug off their terrestrial bonds, ...
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Viewpoint: Why we shouldn’t be deterred by CRISPR’s ‘rollercoaster year’

Despite spooking investors, new insights into DNA repair and the CRISPR gene-editing system are part and parcel of its progress ...
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Rekindling the debate over using CRISPR to edit human embryos

Facing criticism from fellow scientists, the researcher behind the world’s largest effort to edit human embryos with CRISPR is vowing ...