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CRISPR study reporting ‘off-target mutations’ draws skepticism from other researchers

A new study found an alarming number of “off-target mutations” in mice that had their genes edited with CRISPR. But ...
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CRISPR conundrum: Is there a line between GMOs and ‘natural’ crops when genes are edited?

New gene-editing techniques like CRISPR can be detected, but can't be distinguished from "natural" genetic changes. Should regulators and the ...
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Avoiding the unexpected: Zika, malaria-fighting gene drive in mosquitoes has built-in safety net

Concerns about CRISPR gene drives and other CRISPR applications have to do with the possibility that something could go wrong ...
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CRISPR-Cas9 is hot but it’s not the only way to edit a genome

Despite its growing track record and huge potential, CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing may not be the magic bullet for all applications ...
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How human chimeras could revolutionize science and medicine

The NIH appears ready to fund scientists who want to make and study human chimeras. What can we hope to ...
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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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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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Do GMO mosquitoes designed to eradicate Zika pose unique environmental risks?

Could we live without mosquitos? Maybe, but something else might take their place ...
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Can CRISPR make cheap, GM-based WMDs?

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence for the first time lists a genetics technique as a possible instrument of terrorism, ...
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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 ...
Can next generation crop precision editing avoid marketing pitfalls of GMOs?

Can next generation crop precision editing avoid marketing pitfalls of GMOs?

To avoid the GMO public perception bog, CRISPR and other new generation technologies need a unique marketing approach ...
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What next for Editas? First gene-editing company to go public

Is the Cambridge-based company Editas truly ready for the big time or is it trying to capitalize on technological hype? ...
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Could we functionally cure HIV through gene editing?

Charlie Sheen’s HIV announcement put AIDs back in the headlines. Gene editing may provide the chance to eliminate the disease ...
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Ethical and regulatory reflections on CRISPR gene editing revolution

Only three years ago, scientists from the United States and Sweden invented a technology that is literally upending our view ...
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