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Rural-urban divide: Groundbreaking gene therapies could exacerbate inequality in cancer care

Two new cancer treatments have shown miraculous cures, but if you happen to live in Arkansas or Montana, or a ...
Can CRISPR gene-edited 'terminator bulls' revolutionize the beef industry?

Can CRISPR gene-edited ‘terminator bulls’ revolutionize the beef industry?

After a year of trying, [Australian geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam's lab at the University of California succeeded in using] the ...
Is President Trump pro-GMO?

Is President Trump pro-GMO?

“We are streamlining regulations that have blocked cutting-edge biotechnology, setting free our farmers to innovate, thrive, and to grow,” Trump told a ...
Beyond GMOs: Gene editing's potential to transform food and farming depends on public acceptance

Beyond GMOs: Gene editing’s potential to transform food and farming depends on public acceptance

[The following is part of a letter from the editor of MIT Technology Review, David Rotman.] Decades of fretting over the ...
Why 2018 might not be a banner year for CRISPR gene editing in humans

Why 2018 might not be a banner year for CRISPR gene editing in humans

Ever since scientists first used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit living human cells in 2013, they’ve been saying that the possibilities for ...
Will new wave of gene-edited crops ease public fear of GMO food?

Will new wave of gene-edited crops ease public fear of GMO food?

To many scientists, the potential of gene editing seems nearly limitless, offering a new way to rapidly create plants that ...
California cherry farmers look to 'gene drive' technology to kill invasive fruit flies

California cherry farmers look to ‘gene drive’ technology to kill invasive fruit flies

Since it first appeared in Northern California in 2008, the spotted-wing drosophila, a type of fruit fly native to Asia, ...
‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

Every living thing on Earth stores the instructions for life as DNA, using the four genetic bases A, G, C, ...
Why life-saving gene therapy isn't available yet to children who need it most

Why life-saving gene therapy isn’t available yet to children who need it most

[The first patient to permanently edit his DNA,] Brian Madeux, 44, of Arizona, is part of a clinical trial testing ...
How gene therapy could help fight methamphetamine addiction

How gene therapy could help fight methamphetamine addiction

Gene therapy, which modifies a person’s DNA, has long been thought of as a way to treat genetic diseases—and, more recently, ...
CRISPR 2.0 'base editing' arrives and it's an even more remarkable disease-fighting tool

CRISPR 2.0 ‘base editing’ arrives and it’s an even more remarkable disease-fighting tool

You’ve probably heard of the molecular scalpel CRISPR-Cas9, which can edit or delete whole genes. Now, scientists have developed a ...
Why personal genetics company Helix sparks intense criticism

Why personal genetics company Helix sparks intense criticism

It can’t be good when America’s most famous cardiologist, one with 114,000 Twitter followers, posts to social media that your ...
Inserting CRISPR machinery into human cells to fight Huntington's and Lou Gehrig's

Inserting CRISPR machinery into human cells to fight Huntington’s and Lou Gehrig’s

The gene-editing tool CRISPR is based on a natural defense system embedded in bacterial cells that recognizes and destroys invading ...
Non-browning genetically engineered ‘Arctic apples’ now on sale--without GMO label

Non-browning genetically engineered ‘Arctic apples’ now on sale–without GMO label

[Arctic] apples are genetically altered to suppress browning and may be offered for sale as bagged slices in up to ...
Has the evolution of artificial intelligence reached its limits?

Has the evolution of artificial intelligence reached its limits?

But the peculiar thing about deep learning is just how old its key ideas are. Hinton’s breakthrough paper...was published in ...
Synthetic bionics: E. coli pills could boost body's ability to absorb ammonia in the gut

Synthetic bionics: E. coli pills could boost body’s ability to absorb ammonia in the gut

Synlogic of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the company behind the unusual study, is testing what it calls “synthetic biotics,” or bacteria engineered ...
CRISPR ear injections repair genetic hearing loss in mice

CRISPR ear injections repair genetic hearing loss in mice

We all know that CRISPR is the next big thing in gene-editing treatments. But how do you get the versatile genetic scissors ...
Edible ‘CRISPR pill’ could make harmful bacteria self-destruct

Edible ‘CRISPR pill’ could make harmful bacteria self-destruct

As resistance to antibiotics grows in the U.S., researchers are looking for new ways to fight germs like Clostridium difficile, a ...
Human embryoids push bioethical boundaries

Human embryoids push bioethical boundaries

Scientists are using stem cells to create clumps of cells that increasingly resemble bits of brain, lungs, or intestine. […] ...
$500K gene therapy treatment? Some see a bargain

$500K gene therapy treatment? Some see a bargain

The idea behind gene therapy is that genetic material is used as a “living drug” to treat disease. Scientists have been ...
Mini 'brains' aid study of dementia and mental illness

Mini ‘brains’ aid study of dementia and mental illness

[A] brain organoid begins as a single skin cell taken from an adult. With the right biochemical prodding, that cell ...
Calculating odds of destroying humanity with genetic engineering

Calculating odds of destroying humanity with genetic engineering

How likely is it that humanity will destroy itself? Various scientists have studied this probability, and the basic calculation is ...
Muscular dystrophy 'death sentence' targeted by gene therapy trials

Muscular dystrophy ‘death sentence’ targeted by gene therapy trials

[T]hree U.S. teams say they are ready to try to treat Duchenne [Muscular Dystrophy] with gene therapy. The first study ...
How GM seeds can ‘push’ photosynthesis to improve yields, battle impact of climate change

How GM seeds can ‘push’ photosynthesis to improve yields, battle impact of climate change

To feed a growing population, the United Nations projects, worldwide agricultural yields must increase by 50 percent between now and ...
5 companies leading the personal genomics revolution

5 companies leading the personal genomics revolution

As gene sequencing technology gets faster and cheaper, companies are finding more ways to commercialize DNA, from offering disease-specific genetic ...
Hacking frontier? Corrupted DNA used to seize control of computer

Hacking frontier? Corrupted DNA used to seize control of computer

In what appears to be the first successful hack of a software program using DNA, researchers say malware they incorporated ...
US first: CRISPR-edited human embryos

US first: CRISPR-edited human embryos

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a ...
What's next in consumer genetics? Helix's 'app store for your genome'

What’s next in consumer genetics? Helix’s ‘app store for your genome’

A Silicon Valley startup called Helix is betting on the notion that not only do people want to learn more ...