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China's Twin CRISPR Babies May Have Shorter Life Span Because Of Mutation

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

Researchers Have Found A Way To Boost Crop Growth By 'Hacking' Photosynthesis Gene

Researchers managed to reduce the energy wasted from the process of photorespiration and allow up to 40 percent of crop yield in tobacco. A new study revealed how researchers 'hacked' plants by creating photorespiratory shortcuts.

Earth/Environment January 4, 2019

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

Cambodian Farm Breeds Mutant Pigs With Double Muscles: PETA

PETA revealed that a farm in Cambodia breeds super-muscular pigs. What are the potential problems associated with producing these large and genetically altered animals to produce more meat?

Animals September 30, 2017

In Depth: How Sickle Cell Anemia Was Cured With Genetic Engineering, According To Doctors

For the first time, doctors have claimed that sickle cell anemia is curable with gene therapy. Doctors at the Necker Children's Hospital in Paris, who treated a teenager with the blood disorder, claimed complete cure after gene therapy.

Public Health March 5, 2017

Extinct Woolly Mammoth Can Be Brought Back To Life, Scientists Reveal

Using the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic engineering technology, a team from Harvard seeks to create a hybrid embryo that can potentially resurrect the woolly mammoth. The basis will be the endangered Asian elephant, the extinct creature's closest living kin.

Animals February 16, 2017

Mosquitoes Can Now Be Genetically Altered To Resist Dengue Virus

Mosquito-borne diseases affect millions worldwide, prompting researchers to find a solution or cure. Recent studies reveal, however, that genetically engineering mosquitoes could prevent the spread and limit the risks of the dengue virus.

Medicine January 21, 2017

Dolly The Sheep Creator Urges Cloning To Save Endangered Species From Extinction

Sir Ian Wilmut, whose team gave life to Dolly the Sheep, suggests a biobank that contains the biological material of various animals could 'revolutionize' conservation efforts. The idea is similar to a modern-day Noah's ark.

Animals July 5, 2016

Europe Gives Approval To World's First Gene Therapy For Children

The European Commission has approved the world's first gene therapy for children suffering from ADA-SCID, a rare disorder closely linked to the "bubble boy" disease. The new treatment uses gene-editing techniques to fix the faulty gene.

Medicine June 6, 2016

New Study Finds GMOs Safe: Why Skeptics Are Not Convinced

A major study has confirmed that GMOs are safe for consumption for both humans and animals. However, skeptics are not easily convinced, with some saying that the recent findings are influenced by biotech companies.

Biotech May 23, 2016

CRISPR-Edited Button Mushroom Bypasses GMO Food Rules: USDA Explains Why

Mutant mushrooms escape government regulations. A CRISPR-edited white mushroom goes unregulated by the USDA because it doesn't contain genes from bacteria or viruses that affect its DNA.

Life April 18, 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

Dinosaurs Will Roam The Earth Again, New Report Claims

Researchers at the Adam Smith Institute in the UK have released a new study that underscores future scientific achievements that will help solve many of today's problems. The report included a prediction that scientists will find a way to bring back dinosaurs by back-breeding species of flightless birds.

Animals February 18, 2016

Creating Three-Parent Embryos To Help Prevent Genetic Diseases Is Ethical, Say Experts

Creating three-parent embryos to prevent genetic diseases has been bashed because of social and ethical issues. Now, experts have deemed the technique ethical in an official report requested by the U.S. FDA.

Life February 4, 2016

Scientists Create Human-Animal Hybrids To Address Shortage Of Hearts, Livers And Lungs For Organ Transplant

Some research centers in the United States have implanted human stem cells into animal embryos in hopes of producing enough organs for transplants. However, the act has stirred controversy as experts are worried about its potential harmful effects on animals.

Life January 12, 2016

Should Sperm Banks Be Allowed To Turn Away Donors To Make 'Better Babies'?

Human genetic studies have paved the way for unwanted hereditary disorders to be suppressed or removed, but sperm banks have taken it to another level. Learn why it's better to limit the influence sperm banks have over donors and prospective parents.

Life January 2, 2016

Gene Editing Technology CRISPR-CAS9 May Not Work On Human Complex Traits Such As Intelligence

The development of the genetic editing technology CRISPR-CAS9 has led to the simple modification of human DNA for the treatment of several diseases. However, an expert says the technology may not work on complex human traits such as intelligence.

December 8, 2015

Genetic Engineering Yields Mosquitoes That Can't Spread Malaria

A gene-editing technique creates mosquitoes resistant to the malaria parasite. That means they can't transmit the disease to humans, researchers explain.

Life November 23, 2015

US Scientists Call For National Initiative On Microbiome Research

A coalition of scientists called the Unified Microbiome Initiative Consortium has urged the U.S. government to create a national initiative that will provide support for experts working in the field of microbiome research. The group believes such a program would result in various scientific advances that would benefit mankind.

October 29, 2015

Genetically Engineered Virus Improves Efficiency Of Solar Cells

Scientists have genetically engineered a virus which can improve the efficiency of solar cells by using the same quantum effects that plants apply during photosynthesis. Scientists hope that practical applications will be done in the future.

Energy October 16, 2015

DARPA Investing $32M Into DNA Manufacturing: Super Soldiers On The Way?

DARPA confirms that it has granted a five-year $32 million contract to the Foundry in a move to support the facility’s projects on genetic engineering.

Society September 26, 2015

Biohackers Are Having Fun Rewriting Genes With CRISPR

CRISPR is a new tool that is making genetic engineering easier than ever before. Even amateur biologists are taking part in the CRISPR revolution.

August 27, 2015

Genetically Modified Yeast Turns Sugar Into Powerful New Painkiller Meds

Fields of opium poppies may someday be replaced by vats of yeast as a source of painkilling medications, researchers suggest. They've bioengineered yeast to turn sugar into the pain medication hydrocodone in just days, they report.

Life August 13, 2015

DARPA Funds Research To Engineer Bacterial Assassins That Target Stomach Bugs

Traveler’s stomach is a drag when you’re away on vacation, but the consequences are more serious for the military. To combat stomach bugs, DARPA is funding research to engineer bacteria such as E. coli that can go to battle in the gut.

Science June 17, 2015

Genetically Modified Embryos In China Draw Criticism From Scientists

Research on human embryo editing faces a lot of criticism. Many scientists believe that such studies are unethical.

Life April 24, 2015

Spider Silk May One Day Help Regrow Damaged Human Hearts

Researchers turn to nature and spider webs to create a foundation for growing heart tissue outside the body. The technique could lead to organ transplants without rejection fears.

Life April 14, 2015

Biosynthesis Could Be The Path To Renewable Propane As A Next-Generation Biofuel: Study

Scientists use genetic engineering to create renewable, clean-burning propane. Such a biofuel could complement dwindling supplies of fossil fuel, currently the only source of propane.

Energy April 13, 2015

Scientists Call For A Halt To Genome Editing

Genome engineering could be used to prevent genetic diseases, but could also be used to custom design babies, but is the practice ethical? A group of researchers is now calling for a halt to the practice until that question can be addressed.

Life March 20, 2015

Synthetic biology is key to living on Mars

Biological production of engineered organisms could be utilized to create systems for interplanetary travel capable of manufacturing fuel, water, and air for future space travelers, potentially revolutionizing space travel.

Space November 7, 2014

Scientists genetically engineer 'designer' trees to make production of paper and biofuel easier

Genetically modified trees will yield more paper while reducing energy and chemicals needed to produce it.

Energy April 10, 2014

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