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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

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

Healthy Mouse Brood Born From Same-Sex Parents Via Stem Cells And Gene Editing

Stem cell technology and gene editing allowed scientists to create a healthy brood of baby mice from same-sex parents. It was also easier to create the baby mice from two females compared to two male parents.

Feature | Science October 11, 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

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

CRISPR Gene Editing Could Cause Cancer According To Separate Studies

Two individual studies conducted by separate teams of researchers found that breakthrough CRISPR gene editing technology could boost the risk of cancer in humans. Specifically, the teams looked into how the protein called p35 responded to the newly edited DNAs.

Biotech June 12, 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

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

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 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

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

Small Study Finds Fatal Flaw In Gene Editing Tool CRISPR

The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique may lead to unwanted genetic mutations, warns a new study. Researchers sequenced the whole genome of mice previously treated with CRISPR gene editing for genetic blindness and found it caused unpredicted changes in their DNA.

Biotech May 31, 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

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

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

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

Chinese Scientists Test CRISPR-edited Genes On Humans For The First Time

For the first time, research conducted in China has employed the CRISPR gene-editing technique to treat patients with cancer. Should the trial end with no significant side-effects, the method could become widely used.

Medicine November 16, 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

Federal Panel Approves First Human Clinical Trial For Controversial Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR

The first human clinical trial using CRISPR/Cas9 gets approval from the National Institutes of Health. The approved proposal will use the gene-editing tool to target three different types of cancer.

Biotech June 22, 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

Gene Editing Promising But Potentially Dangerous: Scientists

A new report concludes that while gene editing promises great advancements, it can also be potentially dangerous. The panel of scientists concludes that it's too early to release genetically altered organisms such as insects, plants and animals into the environment.

Biotech June 9, 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

Scientists Want To Create Part-Human Part-Animal Chimeras To Find Cure For Diseases

A new study by the University of California, Davis explores the potential of developing human-animal chimeras to benefit disease research. Bioethicists, however, say such experiments could end up damaging people's sense of humanity.

Biotech May 23, 2016

Scientists Hold Secret Meeting About Creating Synthetic Human Genomes

Scientists held a secret meeting to discuss the possible creation of synthetic human genomes from scratch. Such technology may pave the way for modifying human embryos and creating humans without biological parents.

Biotech May 16, 2016

Gene Editing Startup Homology Debuts With $43.5 Million In Funding

Gene editing startup Homology Medicine raises $43.5 million in its Series A funding. The company hopes to use naturally occurring genetic mechanisms to cure rare diseases.

Biotech May 4, 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

CRISPR/Cas Firm Intellia Files IPO, Announces $125 Million Deal With Regeneron

CRISPR firm Intellia Therapeutics filed an IPO and announced its collaboration with biopharmaceutical company Regeneron. The deal between the two companies aims to develop CRISPR/Cas technology and commercialize targets along the way.

Life April 12, 2016

Chinese Scientists Edit Genes Of Human Embryos For The Second Time

Chinese scientists have edited the genes of human embryos to help make them resistant to HIV infections. It is the second published experiment of its kind, but how did it fare using the controversial CRISPR technology?

Life April 12, 2016

CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing Is Not Good Enough To Beat HIV: What's Next In Humanity's Fight Against The Deadly Disease

Researchers at McGill University have identified a setback to using the gene editing tool known as CRISPR in removing HIV from affected cells. While it was first considered to be a promising treatment for the infection, CRISPR is now seen as a double-edged sword.

Life April 9, 2016

HIV Cure In Three Years? Scientists Confident To Snip Out Deadly Virus With New Gene Editing Techniques

A new gene editing system may eventually cure HIV, one study presents. This special method is said to snip out HIV from cells infected by the virus.

Life April 3, 2016

Human Gene Editing Experiment May Hold Key To Infertility And Genetic Disease Treatments

Francis Crick Institute's new gene editing research on human embryos may solve infertility issues and pave the way for the birth of genetic disease-free babies. Still the controversial CRISPR/Cas9 genome technique has its share of supporters and critics.

Life February 6, 2016

UK Researchers Get Nod To Genetically Modify Human Embryos: How Gene Editing Works

A team of researchers in the UK received a groundbreaking green light to use gene editing on spare IVF embryos in order to understand what causes infertility and miscarriage in women. The research aims to identify the crucial genes needed for embryos to develop into a healthy baby.

Life February 4, 2016

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