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DNA test for couples? Start-up Orchid claims its over-the-counter kit can identify complex inherited disorders. Is it ready for prime time?

DNA test for couples? Start-up Orchid claims its over-the-counter kit can identify complex inherited disorders. Is it ready for prime time?

MIT Technology Review | 
A new startup called Orchid is offering the chance for couples planning a pregnancy to learn their odds of passing ...
An ‘off button’ for pain? CRISPR could stop the opioid crisis by tackling chronic pain at the source

An ‘off button’ for pain? CRISPR could stop the opioid crisis by tackling chronic pain at the source

Future Human | 
[In 2006, researchers found a family in Pakistan with] mutations in a gene called SCN9A. Two other families in northern ...
CRISPR ‘super corn’ with more kernels could reduce land, fertilizer and water use

CRISPR ‘super corn’ with more kernels could reduce land, fertilizer and water use

Future Human | 
Thanks to selective breeding over the course of some 9,000 years, humans were able to transform an ancient wild grass ...
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Gene-edited plants and animals: Our secret weapons in the battle to slow climate change?

Future Human | 
Nearly 200 nations signed on to the Paris Agreement in 2016, pledging to reduce their countries’ greenhouse gas emissions. By ...
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4,000 US babies are born with mitochondrial diseases. That could be fixed by a new form of gene editing

OneZero | 
With the first experiments to use CRISPR in people underway, the gene-editing technique is showing promising signs in a few ...

After CRISPR human embryo experiment goes awry, some call for gene editing restrictions

OneZero | 
Biologist Kathy Niakan and her team at the Francis Crick Institute wanted to better understand the role of a particular ...
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Gene editing cures hereditary deafness in mice. Are humans next?

OneZero | 
Two to three out of every 1,000 children born in the United States have a diminished level of hearing or ...

Gene therapy could restore color vision for people who see the world in shades of gray

OneZero | 
In a small trial in Germany, an experimental gene therapy improved the vision of nine people with total color blindness, ...

Could CRISPR turn nutritious but unpopular vegetables into flavorful snacks?

OneZero | 
You probably know that kale is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients and that you should be eating more of ...
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A CRISPR fix for diabetes? Success using stem cells in mice offers promise for humans

OneZero | 
[Researchers] recently used the gene-editing technology CRISPR to correct stem cells from diabetic patients and turn them into fully functioning ...
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Can CRISPR gene editing give us an allergy-free cat?

OneZero | 
If you’re among the 10% of people who are allergic to cats, you can blame a protein found in cat ...
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Whole genome sequencing could be the next big thing for consumers

OneZero | 
Genome sequencing was once impossibly expensive. The Human Genome Project, an international effort to decode the human genome that launched ...
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Finding where ‘consciousness resides in the human brain’ could help us awaken comatose patients

OneZero | 
Some people may gradually come out of a coma or wake up after a few weeks.... To help these people, ...

Collecting DNA samples from migrant detainees opens door to enhanced government surveillance

OneZero | 
[T]he United States government will begin collecting DNA samples from thousands of people detained by immigration officials, including minors, and ...
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$1 million for anti-aging gene therapy? ‘Dubious’ treatment raises ethical concerns

OneZero | 
Would you pay $1 million and fly to South America for a chance to live longer? Libella Gene Therapeutics, a ...
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It’s been a year since the CRISPR baby controversy. Why are we still without global gene-editing rules?

OneZero | 
Around this time last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world when he revealed the birth of the first ...
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Xeno-Skin: Genetically engineered pigs may be source of transplantable skin for humans

OneZero | 
In a pathogen-free facility in Grafton, Massachusetts, a small town about 40 miles west of Boston, genetically engineered miniature pigs ...
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Controversial ‘3-parent baby’ technique not effective for women over 36, fertility doctors warn

OneZero | 
An experimental and much-hyped reproductive procedure that mixes DNA from three people is not effective at boosting the chances of ...

Turning DNA into a hard drive for data storage. How do you extract the data when you need it?

OneZero | 
With massive amounts of data being generated around the world every day, DNA is poised to provide an ultracompact storage ...
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Here’s a neural implant that doesn’t require open brain surgery

OneZero | 
Facebook and Neuralink’s plans to merge people with their devices will likely take several years to materialize. Wearables like what ...
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Can this new blood test can predict your death 5-10 years before it happens?

OneZero | 
Though predicting an exact day is far from likely, an experimental blood test may be able to tell an individual’s ...

At-home diagnostic tests powered by CRISPR soon could help diagnose infectious diseases and even cancer

OneZero | 
Today when you get sick, you need to make an appointment to see your doctor. ... But in the near ...
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Can DNA-based dating apps help you find a love connection? Don’t count on it, scientists say

LeapsMag | 
With the direct-to-consumer genetic testing market booming, more and more companies are looking to capitalize on the promise of DNA-based ...
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Whole-genome sequencing now costs less than a smart phone. But how much do people want to know about their disease risks?

OneZero | 
Veritas Genetics is making a big bet that people want to know what’s in their genome.  The Boston-based company, which ...
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Making the case for lifting the US ban on 3-parent babies

A Greek woman with a history of multiple in vitro fertilization failures gave birth to a healthy baby with DNA ...
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US researcher: ‘3-parent’ embryos ready to implant if Congress lifts ban on controversial treatment

Researchers at Columbia University in New York have created embryos containing genetic material from three people and are ready to ...
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Can artificial intelligence improve IVF success rates?

Wall Street Journal | 
In theory, an AI application would be able to pick out the single best embryo to use for IVF to ...
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Expanded genetic testing of newborns could help us get the most out of new gene therapies

MIT Technology Review | 
The company behind [spinal muscular atrophy drug] AveXis, is seeing the most dramatic results in children who are treated in ...
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