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Chinese Scientist He Jiankui Who Claimed He Edited Babies' Genes Is Missing

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

WHO Considering Panel On Gene Editing Ethics

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 Halts Work Of Scientist He Jiankui Who Claimed He Used CRISPR To Edit Babies' Genes

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

Scientist Responsible For 'CRISPR' Babies Speaks Out And Defends Research

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

Chinese Scientist Says Gene Edited Babies Now A Reality

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

Scientists Want To Use Gene Editing To Turn Wild 'Groundcherry' Into The Next Strawberry

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

Dog Gene Editing Study Could Lead To Future Treatment For Human Muscular Dystrophy

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

Autism Traits Can Be Genetically Edited Out Using CRISPR

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

Scientists Use Gene Editing Tool CRISPR To Engineer Pigs Immune To Costly PRRS Disease

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 Are Editing Rice Genes To Make Them Produce More

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

Geneticists Are Growing Miniature Brains From Human Stem Cells Engineered With Neanderthal DNA

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

CRISPR Gene Editing Technology Reduces Blood Cholesterol Levels In Animal Study

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

Journal Retracts Paper That Said CRISPR Is Dangerous

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

Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR Used To Detect Infections Such As Dengue, Zika Virus, HPV

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

Scientists Successfully Cloned Macaque Monkeys: Will They Clone Humans Next?

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 Gene Editing Tools May Not Work On Most Humans

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

CRISPR And Deafness: Gene-Editing Tool Prevents Hearing Loss In Mice

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

CRISPR Without Scissors: Modified Gene Editing Tool Can Edit DNA Without Cutting It

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

New Editing Technique Could Life-Saving Treatment For Thousands Of Diseases

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

CRISPR Gene-Editing Tool Creates Pigs With 24 Percent Less Body Fat

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

Scientists Create First Mutant Ants Using CRISPR Gene Editing To Study Social Behavior

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

Xenotransplantation: Pig Organs May Soon Be Transplanted Into Humans

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 Successfully Use CRISPR-Edited Skin Grafts To Treat Type-2 Diabetes And Obesity

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

Scientists Successfully Use CRISPR To Snip Genetic Defect From Human Embryo

Hereditary diseases may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists from OHSU successfully corrected a faulty gene that leads to fatal heart disease using CRISPR.

Biotech August 5, 2017

Scientists Code GIF Image Into DNA Of Bacteria: Here's How They Did It

Harvard researchers have successfully encoded a five-frame GIF into the DNA of living E. coli bacteria. The new method could lead to a more stable, long-term data storage than silicon memory.

Material Science July 13, 2017

Gene Editing-Technique Can Help Identify CRISPR Mistakes

CRISPR is a significant gene editing tool that allows for the editing or manipulation of the genetic code, but it still has its flaws. CHAMP is the new development that can help CRISPR to be more accurate.

Biotech July 2, 2017

How To Beat Cancer? CRISPR Stares Into Its Eyes Then Snips Out The Bad Genes

Scientists used the CRISPR tool to replace cancer-causing fusion genes with cancer-fighting genes in mice. This experiment could pave the way for the gene-editing tool to be used against cancer in the future.

Biotech May 5, 2017

Cure For HIV May Already Exist: Here's How CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology Can Kill AIDS-Causing Virus

In experiments with mice, researchers found that the gene editing technology CRISPR works for active and dormant forms of HIV. How does treatment with this controversial technique differ from currently available drugs?

Biotech May 4, 2017

CRISPR Is Now A Virus Detector: New Tool Can Accurately Detect Minute Amounts Of Viruses

Researchers have devised a new CRISPR-based tool that will detect very small amounts of virus and bacteria in blood and urine samples for diagnostic tests.

Medicine April 15, 2017

Gene Editing Can Produce Hornless Cows And Boost Livestock Production - Here’s How

An animal geneticist highlights the benefits of gene editing in complementing traditional animal breeding techniques. The move, although hampered by current regulations, is seen to produce hornless cows and disease-resistant farm animals.

Animals February 21, 2017

Ethicists Say Go Slow On Gene-editing CRISPR, Ponder What It Means To Be Human

Ethicists have renewed the call for caution in handling gene-editing CRISPR, which has the potential not only to cure congenital and other serious illnesses but also can make permanent changes in human genome that can be heritable by a person's offspring.

Biotech February 18, 2017

Broad Institute Wins Patent To CRISPR: Here's Why It Matters

Broad Institute retains the lucrative rights to gene-editing technique CRISPR after a U.S. patent office’s ruling found no 'interference' on the patent. On the losing side is the University of California, Berkeley, considered as the home of this particular technology.

Biotech February 16, 2017

‘Designer Life’ Soon? Scientists Create First Stable Semi-Synthetic Organism

Scientists have announced the development of the first semi-synthetic organism using an expanded genetic code. The modified E. coli bacterium has been able to maintain an unnatural base pair, fueling hopes of new drug applications in the future.

Biotech January 25, 2017

New Software Simplifies CRISPR Methodology For Gene Editing

Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet and University of Gothenburg in Sweden recently generated the software called Green Listed to facilitate the use of CRISPR-Cas9, making information texts and films available for free non-profit and academic use.

Biotech January 5, 2017

CRISPR Has An Off Switch: Researchers Identify Anti-CRISPR Proteins To Inactivate Gene Editing System

CRISPR holds a lot of promise but there’s definitely room for improvement. Researchers have identified anti-CRISPR proteins that can act as an off switch for the gene editing system, making it safer to use.

Biotech December 31, 2016

Researchers Turn To Gene Editing System CRISPR To Facilitate Research On Curing HIV

Researchers used a gene editing system, CRISPR, to test on different series of mutations. The team looked into the differences that could be responsible for some immune cells resistant to HIV.

Medicine October 27, 2016

Swedish Scientist May Be First In The World To Edit Healthy Human Embryo Genes

Editing the genes of healthy human embryos is considered highly controversial. However, a scientist in Sweden announced that he is trying to edit such genes for research, according to NPR.

Biotech September 23, 2016

Chinese Scientists To Perform First Ever CRISPR Gene-Editing Trial On Humans

For the first time, a team of Chinese scientists will use the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique in a clinical trial on lung cancer patients. The clinical trial is expected to begin next month.

Biotech July 23, 2016

Genetically Modified Malaria-Fighting Mosquitoes Endorsed By Bill Gates

Bill Gates endorses the use of the promising but controversial gene-editing tools to develop genetically modified, malaria-fighting mosquitoes. These gene-edited mosquitoes are already flying in labs and could potentially eradicate malaria.

Biotech June 18, 2016

New RNA-Snipping CRISPR Gene-Editing System May Help Treat Huntington's And Other Diseases

Researchers have developed a way to use CRISPR to target the RNA in cells instead of DNA. If this technique proves successful, it could lead to better methods to modify the proteins in cells, or even eliminate cancer cells.

Biotech June 5, 2016

More Efficient CRISPR Gene Editing May Potentially Help Cure Diseases

Researchers have developed a new gene editing tool that is more efficient and easier to use. CRISPR-EZ addresses the issue of target RNA accuracy and embryo viability in IVF transgenic mice.

Biotech May 29, 2016

Low-Cost Paper Diagnostic Test May Reduce Spread Of Zika Virus

Experts were able to develop a low-cost paper test that can detect Zika virus. The test can also detect specific strains of viruses, making it more attractive than existing tests.

Public Health May 10, 2016

New Breakthrough Method CRISPRainbow Tracks DNA Rather Than Edit Genes

Researchers from University of Massachusetts Medical School has used CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to track and label chromosomes in live cells. The breakthrough modification of CRISPR technology can become an invaluable tool in studying treatment effects on cells.

Biotech April 23, 2016

Genetically Modified Food May Not Be Regulated Due To CRISPR-Designed Mushroom

A white button mushroom developed using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing may not be subject to regulation of labeling. How could this happen?

April 16, 2016

China Embraces Genetic Modification And Human Cloning

With recent advancements in gene editing and human cloning among scientists in China, does this mean the country now embraces these controversial procedures? Two published studies show that the Chinese are already taking a step forward toward gene modification.

Life April 15, 2016

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