Is a cure for HIV in the horizon? Scientists take a huge step forward by successfully removing HIV from the genomes of infected mice with the help of gene-editing tool CRISPR.
Biotech July 3, 2019
Researchers developed a CRISPR system that eliminated the need to cut the genome to insert new DNA sequences. Called CAST, the new system can enable safer and more accurate gene-editing.
Biotech June 15, 2019
Researchers genetically edited macaque monkeys to study autism in the hopes of developing new treatments for humans. During the experiment, the macaque monkeys exhibited similar behavioral patterns to humans who have the same mutations.
Animals June 13, 2019
When scientist He Jiankui genetically modified twin babies in 2018, it was to give them protection from HIV. Now, it's revealed that he may have shaved off years from their lives in the process.
Biotech June 4, 2019
Scientists are looking at CRISPR gene-editing technology to develop a treatment to antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs. A company called Locus Biosciences claimed that it has a 'living antibiotic' made up of viruses that only attack harmful pathogens.
Public Health May 24, 2019
A celebrity biohacker was summoned by California's Department of Consumer Affairs to discuss a complaint against him. The former NASA scientist and the CEO of The Odin was accused of practicing medicine without license.
Public Health May 21, 2019
Australia has approved the use of CRISPR gene editing tool on plants and animals without the oversight of a governmental body. The controversial move has been called a 'middle ground' compared to regulations on other countries.
Animals May 1, 2019
Using the CRISPR gene editing tool, a team of researchers from Sydney has discovered the antidote to the deadly box jellyfish venom. The antidote works by blocking the symptoms of the sting.
Animals April 30, 2019
Food created from the gene editing tool Crispr is making its way to the supermarket relatively soon. According to the geneticist who helped invent the Crispr tool, the next five years will see an influx of such products.
Feature | Science April 22, 2019
Researchers developed a new method in which the guide RNA is extended to it folds onto itself and create an unbreakable lock. Only the correct DNA sequence can unlock the guide RNA, reducing the risk of off-target activity.
April 17, 2019
Two cancer patients in the United States have been treated using the powerful gene-editing tool called CRISPR. Scientists confirmed that a U.S. CRISPR study is already underway.
Biotech April 17, 2019
By using CRISPR, scientists have found a way to target the vulnerable genes in cancer and destroy them in the process. Chemotherapy might not be an option for cancer treatment in the near future.
Medicine April 14, 2019
A group of scientists has created the first gene-edited reptiles in four albino lizards. Before now, reptiles have been rather ignored when it comes to developmental genetics.
Animals April 11, 2019
Two of the principal inventors of the CRISPR system signed a new moratorium on germline editing. The move was a direct response to a controversial experiment by Jiankui He in China four months ago.
Public Health March 14, 2019
Researchers from UC Berkeley discovered a novel way to modify plants such as food crops genetically. This new genetic engineering technique can involve carbon nanotubes, DNA, and the genetic editing tool called CRISPR.
Material Science March 11, 2019
Documents examined by medical news site STAT suggest the controversial CRISPR babies research may have been initially supported by the Chinese government. The documents identified three different government institutions in China as funding sources.
Feature | Health February 27, 2019
Could the babies who were genetically modified to be immune to HIV receive an enhanced brain function because of the procedure? A study revealed that the gene associated with susceptibility to HIV plays a major role in memory and cognition.
February 22, 2019
A team of researchers found that a single CRISPR therapy corrected DMD in mice for a year. They hope that their study will pave the way for the development of an effective treatment for humans.
Biotech February 20, 2019
Chinese CRISPR Scientist He Jiankui was found to have illegally edited the genes of the babies. Law authorities said he and others involved will be dealt with accordingly.
Biotech January 21, 2019
The Chinese scientist who was instrumental to the birth of the world's first genetically edited babies has far worse predicament than earlier thought. He could face corruption and bribery charges, which are punishable by death in China.
Feature | Science January 7, 2019
A new study by scientists from the University of California, San Francisco showed how CRISPRa can be used to amplify the genes that curb human's appetite for food. The researchers believe this new gene-editing technique could tackle the obesity crisis.
Public Health December 15, 2018
A new set of rules that could predict the outcome of gene editing might pave the way for the wider use of CRISPR/Cas9 to treat diseases. According to scientists, after a thorough analysis, they found a pattern that foresees mutations.
Public Health December 14, 2018
The Chinese scientist who used CRISPR gene-editing tool to edit the DNA of twin babies is missing. Is he detained by China’s government? Pictured is He Jiankui at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong.
Biotech December 4, 2018
The World Health Organization expressed the need to regulate gene editing after a Chinese scientist had admitted to manipulating human embryo. A panel will be created to talk about the issue.
December 4, 2018
China on Thursday ordered to stop the work that led to the birth of gene-edited twins. Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping described the work as illegal and unacceptable.
Biotech November 30, 2018
The scientist who claimed to have made the first genetically edited baby has defended the procedure at a conference in Hong Kong. In his speech, he said that he is proud of what he has done.
November 29, 2018
A scientist from China admitted that he has genetically edited twin girls to become immune to HIV/AIDS. However, the process has serious implications that might put the children and their future descendants at risk.
November 26, 2018
Researchers published a study proposing the use of CRISPR gene-editing tool to make ground cherries, an orphan plant, ready for the supermarket. Breeding plants for large-scale farming usually take a decade to thousands of years.
Earth/Environment October 3, 2018
Scientists were able to make improvements to four dogs that were suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Scientists used CRISPR gene-editing to restore dystrophin into the muscle and heart cells.
Medicine September 3, 2018
Using CRISPR-Gold method, researchers were able to reduce autism symptoms in mice with fragile X syndrome. What makes this method different and better than other ways of delivering Cas9 into the body?
Neuroscience June 27, 2018
Using CRISPR, scientists removed a small section of a gene that makes pigs vulnerable to PRRS, a disease that causes costly pig deaths and reduced productivity. Scientists said that the gene-edited animals showed complete immunity.
Animals June 25, 2018
Scientists have created the perfect rice plant that is not only slightly more vulnerable to environmental factors but able to produce up to 31 percent more grain. Ethical questions on gene editing remain, however.
Biotech May 29, 2018
A team of geneticists from the Max Planck Institute in Germany genetically altered human stem cells by combining them with Neanderthal DNA. The team hoped to grow miniature brains from these engineered human stem cells.
Ancient May 14, 2018
Using a new delivery technique, Biomedical engineers at Duke University reduced blood cholesterol levels in mice. The result became the first time researchers delivered CRISPR/Cas9 repressors for targeted therapeutic gene silencing in adult animal models.
Biotech April 29, 2018
A controversial paper that claimed the gene-editing software CRISPR is dangerous retracted its claims that had caused panic. The software is seen as a major stepping stone in fighting diseases.
Biotech April 2, 2018
New diagnostic tools have been developed using the CRISPR gene editing tool. A bunch of researchers were able to come up with new CRISPR variants that can diagnose certain diseases, detect viruses, and even record a cell’s exposure to chemicals.
Public Health February 16, 2018
Chinese scientists successfully cloned two macaque monkeys using SCNT, the cloning method that produced Dolly the Sheep in the 1990s. Does the team plan to also clone humans?
Feature | Science January 26, 2018
CRISPR has been touted as the next step for human evolution, but a new paper may cast doubt on its effectiveness. Due to immune responses, the gene editing tool may not work on most humans.
Biotech January 9, 2018
Scientists recently cured mice with progressive hearing loss using a new genetic engineering technique. What is the CRISPR-Cas9 and how could it cure deafness?
Public Health December 30, 2017
A CRISPR system that lacks scissors to cut DNA strands can change the gene's behavior without making direct modifications on the DNA. How does this modified gene editing tool work?
Biotech December 9, 2017
Harvard University scientists have come up with two breakthrough finds using the CRISPR-Cas9 technology. The techniques can be used in the future for curing or treating various diseases.
Biotech October 27, 2017
Using CRISPR, scientists in China created pigs with the UPC1 gene. Besides having less body fat, the genetically modified animals also have other characteristics that can benefit pig farmers.
Feature | Science October 25, 2017
Researchers used CRISPR to remove a gene in ants that allow them to sense the pheromones they also use to communicate with other ants. Without it, the mutant ants were less sociable, were strange in behavior, and had altered brain shapes.
Animals August 11, 2017
Pig organs without the potentially dangerous and deadly animal retroviruses may soon be available for human transplant patients. Researchers removed a barrier to xenotransplantation using the gene-editing tool CRISPR.
Biotech August 11, 2017
Scientists grafted genetically edited human skin cells to treat type-2 diabetes and prevent obesity in mice. The removable patches could be a viable replacement for insulin shots.
Biotech August 6, 2017