What’s in the biomedical pipeline for CRISPR gene editing?

What’s in the biomedical pipeline for CRISPR gene editing?

One great attraction of Crispr, says Niren Murthy, a bioengineer at Berkeley, is that it could be a one-shot affair ...
What CRISPR can do for the world

What CRISPR can do for the world

What might CRISPR do to the diversity of our species? If we are no longer subject to a natural lottery ...
Climate-proofing our food supply: Here’s how CRISPR will help us adapt to global warming

Climate-proofing our food supply: Here’s how CRISPR will help us adapt to global warming

Biotechnologist Dr. Karen Massel from UQ's Centre for Crop Science has published a review of gene editing technologies such as ...
RNA hacking: How the miraculous tools of the genetics revolution will transform healthcare and the world

RNA hacking: How the miraculous tools of the genetics revolution will transform healthcare and the world

[mRNA COVID] vaccines, in essence, transform our bodies into personalized manufacturing plants producing an otherwise foreign object to trigger our ...
Viewpoint: ‘Genetic reductionism’ — Why CRISPR is not the answer to every problem

Viewpoint: ‘Genetic reductionism’ — Why CRISPR is not the answer to every problem

Referring to DNA as the code of life, a rigid blueprint for who we are, implies that we are the ...
Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
Here’s how biotechnology is offering new hope for personalized cancer treatments

Here’s how biotechnology is offering new hope for personalized cancer treatments

Cancer occurs when mutations, or accidental changes, take place in the DNA of specific cells or tissue within the body ...
CRISPR cracks open the door to a future of human mutants. Worried?

CRISPR cracks open the door to a future of human mutants. Worried?

Surreal artwork in the hotel lobby—a gorilla peeking out of a peeled orange, smoking a cigarette; an astronaut riding a ...
We might be able to protect ourselves against future pandemics by gene editing embryos

We might be able to protect ourselves against future pandemics by gene editing embryos

Hollywood blockbusters such as X-men, Gattaca and Jurassic World have explored the intriguing concept of “germline genome editing” – a biomolecular technique that can ...
3 new ways CRISPR is revolutionizing biomedicine

3 new ways CRISPR is revolutionizing biomedicine

In this article, we outline three recent studies that have advanced the potential uses of CRISPR in the biomedical field ...
‘Hello World!’ Bacterial DNA combines CRISPR and electricity to store data. Here’s what that means

‘Hello World!’ Bacterial DNA combines CRISPR and electricity to store data. Here’s what that means

A study published on January 11 in the journal Nature Chemical Biology details how the researchers led by Columbia University ...
Tasty gluten-free bread and peanut allergy pills: How CRISPR is solving basic problems with our food system

Tasty gluten-free bread and peanut allergy pills: How CRISPR is solving basic problems with our food system

People will make do with gluten-free baked goods if they must, but the springiness of wheat is sorely absent. “It’s ...
Viewpoint: How might the Biden Administration regulate heritable human gene editing?

Viewpoint: How might the Biden Administration regulate heritable human gene editing?

The new Biden-Harris Administration faces a number of harrowing challenges in which science and technology policies will be critical. Along ...
Eugenics? As embryo screening opens-wide the door to manipulate human traits, notions of normalcy and deviancy, fitness and disability, are changing

Eugenics? As embryo screening opens-wide the door to manipulate human traits, notions of normalcy and deviancy, fitness and disability, are changing

With the dramatic expansion of new blood tests, many more pregnant mothers are testing their fetuses for 'defects' such as ...
Viewpoint: The Holocaust throws a long shadow over human gene editing research

Viewpoint: The Holocaust throws a long shadow over human gene editing research

The scientific racism and eugenic delusions that led to the Holocaust are widely eschewed by members of human genetics and ...
Diseases once thought incurable are now on the cusp of treatments. It’s because of CRISPR. Here’s a primer

Diseases once thought incurable are now on the cusp of treatments. It’s because of CRISPR. Here’s a primer

Like many other advances in science and medicine, CRISPR was inspired by nature. In this case, the idea was borrowed ...
Are we ready for therapeutic gene editing of embryos?

Are we ready for therapeutic gene editing of embryos?

[W]e know that natural nonsense mutations in the PCSK9 gene protect against high cholesterol. Subsequent work has led to PCSK9 ...
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Inherited blindness has a new cure, thanks to CRISPR

In recent months, even as our attention has been focused on the coronavirus outbreak, there have been a slew of ...
Video: How will CRISPR and other forms of gene editing revolutionize our world?

Video: How will CRISPR and other forms of gene editing revolutionize our world?

Gene editing has the potential to eliminate genetic diseases and save lives. But one scientist has crossed an ethical line ...
Gene editing: Playing God or repairing a ‘natural system’ that has gone haywire?

Gene editing: Playing God or repairing a ‘natural system’ that has gone haywire?

With CRISPR, biologists have already created—among many, many other living things—ants that can’t smell, beagles that put on superhero-like brawn, ...
Gattaca or life-saving? Can we—should we—use CRISPR to edit human embryos, sperm or eggs to cure diseases?

Gattaca or life-saving? Can we—should we—use CRISPR to edit human embryos, sperm or eggs to cure diseases?

The startling announcement by He Jiankui [two years] ago that he had created the first genetically modified human beings unleashed a ...
Want to breed a horse that’s disease free and can run faster? CRISPR may offer that possibility

Want to breed a horse that’s disease free and can run faster? CRISPR may offer that possibility

Argentine researchers have successfully edited the genes in an equine embryo, raising the possibility of producing horses with custom-designed DNA ...
400 children worldwide are born each year with ‘fast-aging disease’ – Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Now CRISPR offers hope

400 children worldwide are born each year with ‘fast-aging disease’ – Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Now CRISPR offers hope

[R]esults from a new study have inspired hope for treating children born with progeria, a rare, fatal, genetic disease that ...
CRISPR, forests and climate change: Gene editing poised to engineer faster growing, carbon sucking trees—if activists don’t block it

CRISPR, forests and climate change: Gene editing poised to engineer faster growing, carbon sucking trees—if activists don’t block it

For years, scientists have recommended planting more trees to fight climate change. With more trees, the rate of photosynthesis will ...
Will gene editing human embryos ever be safe?

Will gene editing human embryos ever be safe?

Debates continue about whether the societal risks of heritable genome editing are too great to proceed, as do calls for ...
We may have a CRISPR cure for red blood diseases sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia

We may have a CRISPR cure for red blood diseases sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia

Sickle cell anemia and thalassemia are genetic diseases that result in the production of anomalous hemoglobin (protein that carries oxygen) ...
100+ countries have outlined legal restrictions on editing human embryos. Here’s a guide

100+ countries have outlined legal restrictions on editing human embryos. Here’s a guide

Discussions and debates about the governance of human germline and heritable genome editing should be informed by a clear and ...
18 months later, first sickle cell patient treated with CRISPR is still pain free

18 months later, first sickle cell patient treated with CRISPR is still pain free

[35-year-old Victoria] Gray is the first person in the United States to be successfully treated for a genetic disorder, [sickle ...
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