Skin color and 'race': Genetics reveal complicated relationship

Skin color and ‘race’: Genetics reveal complicated relationship

For much of recorded history, skin color has been loaded with powerful social meaning. Skin color plays a major part ...
Canadian researchers can't use CRISPR in human embryo research

Canadian researchers can’t use CRISPR in human embryo research

In the United States, using genetic engineering techniques such as CRISPR to make genetic alterations that can be passed on ...
'Awakened' vegetative man shows how viral stories raise false hopes

‘Awakened’ vegetative man shows how viral stories raise false hopes

A man recently “woke” from a vegetative state, crying again after “regaining consciousness,” creating a flurry of news coverage. Yet as exciting ...
Biohackers help 'patient' inject himself with experimental HIV treatment—live on Facebook

Biohackers help ‘patient’ inject himself with experimental HIV treatment—live on Facebook

[Tristan] Roberts is about to inject himself with an experimental gene therapy for HIV, a DIY prototype treatment designed by ...
Healthy bacon? Headlines mislead on Chinese CRISPR gene-edited low-fat pigs

Healthy bacon? Headlines mislead on Chinese CRISPR gene-edited low-fat pigs

On October 23, Chinese scientists published a paper heralding a truly remarkable feat: Using the genome-editing technique CRISPR, they created 12 healthy ...
Why won’t pharmaceutical companies invest in male birth control?

Why won’t pharmaceutical companies invest in male birth control?

Male birth control is the great promise that never was. We’ve been just a few years away from a male ...
Genetic testing pitfall: Major genetic company missed 50,000 cancer screenings

Genetic testing pitfall: Major genetic company missed 50,000 cancer screenings

As fun as it is to find out where your great-great-great grandparents came from, the real promise of genetic testing ...
Viewpoint: Many consumer DNA tests rely on pseudoscience, 'useless' data

Viewpoint: Many consumer DNA tests rely on pseudoscience, ‘useless’ data

In the past decade, DNA sequencing has gotten really, really cheap, paving the way for an onslaught of direct-to-consumer genetic testing ...
Healthcare inequality and genetic screening: Will the poor be left behind?

Healthcare inequality and genetic screening: Will the poor be left behind?

Today in America, if you are poor, you are also more likely to suffer from poor health... Imagine now, that ...
Do your kids have 'soccer genes'? The pseudoscience of many genetic tests

Do your kids have ‘soccer genes’? The pseudoscience of many genetic tests

[A] growing number of scientists [are] pushing back against wild claims in the consumer genetics market, which is flush with tests promising ...
Black Death: Was the plague actually good for the environment?

Black Death: Was the plague actually good for the environment?

From 1347 to 1351, a nightmare disease ravaged Europe, afflicting victims with putrid black boils, fevers, vomiting, and in short order, ...
In-vitro screwup: What happens when your baby has someone else's DNA?

In-vitro screwup: What happens when your baby has someone else’s DNA?

It’s a nightmare scenario straight out of a primetime drama: a child-seeking couple visits a fertility clinic to try their ...
New Zealand mulls using gene drive to eliminate country's largest ecological threat: Weasel-like stoat

New Zealand mulls using gene drive to eliminate country’s largest ecological threat: Weasel-like stoat

The stoat—a small, adorable, weasel-like mammal—is the one of the largest ecological threats in New Zealand. It’s a fierce invader ...
'Three-parent babies' may be born soon at first licensed UK fertility clinic

‘Three-parent babies’ may be born soon at first licensed UK fertility clinic

A fertility clinic in Newcastle was just granted permission to start performing what’s known as the ‘three-parent baby’ technique, a ...
No egg? No sperm? No problem. First artificial embryo made from stem cells

No egg? No sperm? No problem. First artificial embryo made from stem cells

Using stem cells in grown-on 3D scaffolding in a laboratory petri dish, scientists have for the first time created an ...
'Superbugs' could be killed with 'genetic chainsaw' version of gene editor CRISPR

‘Superbugs’ could be killed with ‘genetic chainsaw’ version of gene editor CRISPR

When folks talk about the gene-editing tool CRISPR, they’re usually talking about CRISPR-Cas9, a combination of DNA and enzymes that ...
Who should own revolutionary gene editor CRISPR? Scientists or the public?

Who should own revolutionary gene editor CRISPR? Scientists or the public?

In a one sentence ruling, an appeals board granted the rights to the powerful gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to the ...
'Netflix for genetics': Will DNA-based lifestyle guides become the latest health craze?

‘Netflix for genetics’: Will DNA-based lifestyle guides become the latest health craze?

DNA Lifestyle Coach isn’t the only company hoping to turn our genetics into a lifestyle product. In the past decade, ...
Biohacker crackdown? Germany threatens gene-editing hobbyists with fines, jail

Biohacker crackdown? Germany threatens gene-editing hobbyists with fines, jail

The German government...is none too pleased with [how easily people can conduct gene editing experiments outside of labs thanks to ...
Hobbyist gene editing could cure dogs of genetic disorders--or not. What will the FDA do about biohackers?

Hobbyist gene editing could cure dogs of genetic disorders–or not. What will the FDA do about biohackers?

[Editor's note: An FDA proposal for the regulation of gene editing in animals has been widely criticized by animal biotechnologists ...
Tuberculosis-resistant cows developed using CRISPR gene editing by Chinese scientists

Tuberculosis-resistant cows developed using CRISPR gene editing by Chinese scientists

Tuberculosis has long been a problem for cattle farmers in developing countries, especially in Asia and Africa. Now, scientists from ...
GMOs, biotechnology pose challenge for international relations

GMOs, biotechnology pose challenge for international relations

Just look at genetically modified foods. In the US, GMOs are regarded, at least by regulators, as perfectly safe for ...
3 ways genetic engineering could finally eliminate malaria

3 ways genetic engineering could finally eliminate malaria

[D]espite modern disease management strategies...malaria still killed nearly half a million people [in 2015]. ... [However,] some scientists are experimenting with how ...
'Brain blobs' genetically engineered from stem cells can track effects of Zika virus

‘Brain blobs’ genetically engineered from stem cells can track effects of Zika virus

[C]ombined with gene editing techniques like CRISPR, it seems like there’s almost nothing you can’t just whip up in a ...
GMO labeling law makes 'Biggest Science Setbacks of 2016' list

GMO labeling law makes ‘Biggest Science Setbacks of 2016’ list

Scientific progress doesn’t always move in a straight line. In fact, as we’ve seen this year, sometimes things just turn ...
Are millennials' attitudes on GMOs anti-science?

Are millennials’ attitudes on GMOs anti-science?

If you have noticed the selection of organic, GMO-free crackers encroaching on the shelf space of the Pop Tarts and ...
Mice cured of hemophilia using gene therapy shows promise for human treatment

Mice cured of hemophilia using gene therapy shows promise for human treatment

Hemophilia is a devastating genetic condition—without the ability to form blood clots, those who have it risk bleeding to death ...

Harvard scientists use CRISPR to store data in living bacteria cells

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Using the CRISPR gene-editing ...