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The real sustainability revolution in farming rests with CRISPR and other New Breeding Techniques. Why are organic farmers blocked from using them?

New breeding techniques allow increased precision and much shorter time periods than conventional breeding ...
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We can identify ‘bad’ genes. Why can’t we use CRISPR gene editing to get rid of them?

Gene therapy 2.0 using CRISPR to knock out harmful genes sounds is a great idea--if and when it works. But ...
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Viewpoint: Parents’ anti-GMO fervor just might contribute to children’s allergies

Eating organic and avoiding GMOs has no effect on food allergies. But the mentality underlying GMO avoidance and overly-protective parenting ...
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What’s stopping us from using CRISPR to gene edit humans to fight disease?

Emerging clinical applications of CRISPR editing include delivery of CRISPR systems into the body to repair genetic sequences. This is ...
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Designer babies? US scientists swap DNA in embryos, replacing mutation that causes heart problems

The breakthrough procedure might better be called 'gene correction' rather than gene editing. It could revolutionize genetic disease treatments, but ...
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HIV fix: Can gene editing work alongside the virus to provide a cure?

HIV is no longer a death sentence in much of the developed world. But effective treatment in developing nations needs ...
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New transplantation era beckons if we’re ok with growing organs in pigs

Some day, human organs from pigs may fill the organ gap, and the needed science and engineering is advancing rapidly, ...
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Time to amend human embryo research ’14-day rule’?

The rule that cuts off research on human embryos at 14 days gestation is based on an arbitrary time limit ...
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How will we use gene editing to treat human disease?

Technology for safe effective germline editing is not ready yet, but once it is, these are some of things we ...
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Genome editing: Is it a national security threat?

Is genome editing really so powerful that it could do major damage, either accidentally, or through foul play? Or is ...
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Chimeric organ transplants: Science and ethics of growing human organs in pigs

Scientists may soon offer a solution to the organ shortage by growing human organs in pigs. But that poses prickly ...
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CRISPR genome editing could be game changer in war against antibiotic resistance

Using CRISPR genome editing, researchers are starting a new trend, which is to strip pathogenic bacteria of their acquired armor ...
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Does CRISPR gene editing = GMO? Biotechnology skeptics may split on how to regulate New Breeding Technologies

The movement opposed to products that have been called "GM" maybe splitting into two, with one faction considering to taking ...
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DIY CRISPR-Cas9: Should we fear or embrace programmable gene editing kits for the home?

When you hear about do-it-yourself CRISPR, you may imagine amateurs cooking up something dangerous in their kitchens. But that is ...
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Gene therapy 2.0: Will CRISPR make expensive treatment accessible to all?

Gene therapy, at a million dollars a treatment, will run up a patient's medical bill quickly. Can CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing ...
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Olympic health update: Zika vaccines, GMO mosquitoes, and snake oils

There's progress on a vaccine to combat as well as biotech solutions but there are also fake Zika solutions being ...
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Gene driving to combat insect-borne diseases: Powerful tool requiring science diplomacy

Gene drives raise ethical and practical concerns. What are the communication challenges? ...
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Heard of CRISPR gene editing? It can save your life

Science is in the midst of a CRISPR craze as the technology is poised to improve treatment and prevention of ...
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With global gene editing slow down, what’s the future of ‘designer babies?’

The prospect of designer babies--the stuff of futuristic movies--is now upon us with the advent of gene editing, stirring confusion ...
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Gene editing on human embryos would not create ‘designer babies’

Despite some concerns over 'super-humans' and 'designer babies,' genome editing of human embryos likely to produce only modest edits to ...