Low-fat CRISPR gene-edited pigs could reduce animal suffering and costs

Low-fat CRISPR gene-edited pigs could reduce animal suffering and costs

Here's something that may sound like a contradiction in terms: low-fat pigs. But that's exactly what Chinese scientists have created ...
First gene therapy for inherited disease--combating blindness--approved by FDA panel

First gene therapy for inherited disease–combating blindness–approved by FDA panel

Gene therapy, which has had a roller-coaster history of high hopes and devastating disappointments, took an important step forward Thursday ...
Inside a gene editing lab: Editing life's mutations and pondering the ethical consequences

Inside a gene editing lab: Editing life’s mutations and pondering the ethical consequences

Human eggs are the key starting point for the groundbreaking experiments underway in this lab. It's run by Shoukhrat Mitalipov, a ...
Reproductive 'wake-up call'? Mystery decline in sperm count of men in industrialized countries

Reproductive ‘wake-up call’? Mystery decline in sperm count of men in industrialized countries

An international team of scientists analyzed data from nearly 43,000 men in dozens of industrialized countries and found that sperm ...
Sequencing your genome may become a routine part of family checkup

Sequencing your genome may become a routine part of family checkup

Advances in technology have made it much easier, faster and less expensive to do whole genome sequencing...Falling costs have given ...
Mimicking menstruation: Device built from living tissue replicates female reproductive cycle

Mimicking menstruation: Device built from living tissue replicates female reproductive cycle

Scientists say they've made a device in the lab that can mimic the human female reproductive cycle. The researchers hope ...
Scientists don't need permission to use your blood, DNA in research

Scientists don’t need permission to use your blood, DNA in research

[Before President Trump took office], the Obama administration dropped a controversial proposal that would have required all federally funded scientists ...
Gene drive could extinguish diseases like malaria by wiping out mosquitoes

Gene drive could extinguish diseases like malaria by wiping out mosquitoes

The lab is buzzing with hundreds of mosquitoes. "Everything in this cubicle is genetically modified," [says Andrew Hammond, a genetic ...
Swedish scientist first to attempt gene editing on healthy human embryos

Swedish scientist first to attempt gene editing on healthy human embryos

A scientist in Sweden has started trying to edit the DNA in healthy human embryos...The step by the developmental biologist ...
Should we restrict untested stem cell treatments?

Should we restrict untested stem cell treatments?

Hundreds of clinics around the country are offering to treat a long list of health problems with stem cells...But leading ...
NIH to allow part-human, part-animal embryo tests

NIH to allow part-human, part-animal embryo tests

The federal government announced plans [on August 4] to lift a moratorium on funding of certain controversial experiments that use ...

Gene editing technique that can rapidly transform species raises safety concerns

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  A "gene drive" is a ...
Fetal tissue research essential to future of medicine and health

Fetal tissue research essential to future of medicine and health

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Larry Goldstein is trying ...

Seasonal gene activity may explain why you’re more sick at certain times of year

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the ...

Some worry about potential of DNA ‘printing’ to make medicines, plants, people

Here's something that might sound strange: There are companies now that print and sell DNA. This trend — which uses ...

Your genes might make you a mosquito magnet

A study that asked a few dozen pairs of twins to brave a swarm of hungry mosquitoes has revealed another ...
Scientists who edited human embryo DNA face widespread backlash

Scientists who edited human embryo DNA face widespread backlash

Junjiu Huang and his colleagues at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, performed a series of experiments involving 86 ...
Breast-feeding may boost intelligence, lifetime success

Breast-feeding may boost intelligence, lifetime success

Babies who are breast-fed may be more likely to be successful in life, a provocative study suggests. The study followed ...

Controversial fertility treatment ‘recharges’ old eggs

Melissa and her husband started trying to have a baby right after they got married. But nothing was happening. So ...

Health officials worried about another superbug infection on the rise

A potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal infection is more common than previously estimated, federal health officials reported Wednesday. The infection, caused by ...

Mitochondrial replacement can help prevent genetic disorders, but what are the consequences?

In a darkened lab in the north of England, a research associate is intensely focused on the microscope in front ...

Embryonic stem cell treatment restores vision in blind

Scientists are reporting the first strong evidence that human embryonic stem cells may be helping patients. The cells appear to ...

Insulin-producing stem cells promise to improve diabetes treatment

A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells ...
American Gut Project: Crowdsourcing microbe analysis might reveal confidential data

American Gut Project: Crowdsourcing microbe analysis might reveal confidential data

NPR’s Rob Stein recently had his microbes analyzed through the mail and found that doing so raises a number of ...
Proposed treatment to fix genetic diseases raises ethical issues

Proposed treatment to fix genetic diseases raises ethical issues

Scientists are urging the federal government to allow them to change the genetic material in a woman's egg, raising a ...

Genome sequencing for babies brings knowledge and conflicts

Genome sequencing deciphers an individual's entire genetic code. The price of doing this has been dropping quickly, raising the possibility ...