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US patent office reopens Broad Institute—University of California CRISPR patent dispute

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The U.S. patent office has declared an interference between a dozen key patents awarded to the Broad Institute on the ...
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‘Jumping genes’ may help CRISPR make precision edits of disease-causing DNA

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[In a 2017 study] four biologists wrote that “it has not escaped our notice” that a funny little “jumping gene” ...
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Computer-based ‘brain-training’ program could aid veterans who suffer traumatic injuries

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It has been 27 years since an attack on a U.S. military convoy in the Middle East left Army reservist ...
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Building a better hearing aid: This one filters out unwanted sounds by reading your mind

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The brain is unsurpassed in its ability to pick out juicy tidbits and attention-grabbing voices against a cacophony of background ...
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Families plagued by inherited diseases push back against ban on gene-edited embryos

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In 2012, scientists showed that CRISPR, an ancient bacterial immune system, can edit DNA. ... Barely three years after, leaders in ...
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Electrical brain zaps show promise at improving memory in older adults

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Shooting electrical current into the brain for just 25 minutes reversed the decline in working memory that comes with aging, ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine plagued by an ’embarrassing’ human reference genome

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The human reference genome, largely completed in 2001, has achieved near-mythic status. It is “the book of life,” the “operating ...
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US approves immunotherapy for breast cancer for first time

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Roche’s cancer immunotherapy Tecentriq (atezolizumab), a PD-L1 inhibitor, scored its fifth Food and Drug Administration approval on [March 8], for advanced triple-negative ...
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‘Genetic crapshoot’: Two studies suggest clinical use of CRISPR hampered by off-target editing

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The version of CRISPR whose selling point has been its precision suffers, ironically, from the same shortcoming that has dogged ...
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Can vaccines be supercharged by CRISPR, creating ‘one-and-done’ virus protection?

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Vaccines are risky or ineffective in people with compromised immune systems, they don’t even exist for several viral diseases, and ...
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Controversial brain preservation company Nectome seeks second, more ethical, chance

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Robert McIntyre would like to get a few things straight. That “waiting list” of people plunking down $10,000 to have ...
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‘CRISPR babies’ prompt review of international gene-editing guidelines: They ‘were not clear enough’

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Less than two years after producing an exhaustive report on human genome editing, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the National ...
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Controversial Chinese gene-editing scientist downplays reports suggesting he could face death penalty

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The Chinese scientist who shocked the world in November by announcing that twin girls had been born from embryos that he had created ...
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Converting thought to speech: Brain implants could help paralyzed patients communicate

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[Neurosurgeon Ashesh Mehta] was operating on [an] epilepsy patient to determine the source of seizures. But the patient agreed to ...
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Ethics and the controversial decision to make gene-edited babies

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For someone who has caused a worldwide uproar over what many fellow scientists consider an ethical outrage, He Jiankui of ...
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Start up Nebula Genomics offers free full genome sequencing, but there’s a privacy catch

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Information wants to be free, says the old internet meme, and a genomics company will now apply that to DNA: ...
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Treating genetic disorders before birth? CRISPR cures mouse disease in the womb

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Nearly 40 years after surgeons first operated on fetuses to cure devastating abnormalities, researchers have taken the first step toward curing genetic ...
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Were ‘crucial contributors’ snubbed in awarding Nobel prize for cancer immunotherapy?

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[I]t’s rare that Nobel announcements don’t produce grumblings about who was left out, and this year was no exception. At ...
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This natural defense strategy could help some genes fend off CRISPR edits

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Sowbugs, armadillos, hedgehogs… and DNA? The same strategy that some animals use to avoid being attacked — roll into a ...
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‘Blitzkrieg of biology’ reveals secrets of BRCA1 breast cancer mutation

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For 22 years Myriad Genetics, one of the oldest genetic testing companies, has refused to make public its proprietary database of BRCA1 ...
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Microdosing claims put to the test: Researchers looking at psilocybin mushrooms for depression

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Microdosing involves taking roughly one-tenth the “trip” dose of a psychedelic drug, an amount too little to trigger hallucinations but ...
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Viewpoint: Drug developers are abandoning current Alzheimer’s patients. Why is no one complaining?

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Although the latest analysis of experimental Alzheimer’s drugs finds that literally zero are being tested in late-stage clinical trials to treat moderate ...
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Examining the legacy of W. French Anderson—’father of gene therapy’ and convicted child molester

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[Dr. W. French] Anderson has been hailed as the father of gene therapy and was honored at George H.W. Bush’s ...
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‘Wake-up call’? CRISPR gene editing may cause ‘genetic havoc’, study suggests

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From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits genomes — snipping ...
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What we need to know about reports suggesting CRISPR can cause cancer

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STAT’s story about CRISPR-edited cells often lacking a functional gene known to prevent cancer caused a bit of a stir... Cut to ...
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Studies warn that CRISPR gene edits could trigger cancer

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Editing cells’ genomes with CRISPR-Cas9 might increase the risk that the altered cells, intended to treat disease, will trigger cancer, two studies ...
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Who deserves credit for CRISPR? There’s a ‘profound disconnect between law and science’

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One of the world’s richest science awards, given only in alternate years, will go to three discoverers of the CRISPR-Cas9 ...
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Genes linked to schizophrenia significantly increase risk if there are pregnancy complications

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Far be it from us to tell 23andMe how to run its business, but if it or any other DNA company wants ...
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