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Essential Science: Revolutionizing the CRISPR method

Scientists working at ETH Zurich have refined the CRISPR-Cas gene editing method. Through this it is now possible for researchers to modify dozens of genes within a cell simultaneously, thereby speeding up the process.

CRISPR trial sets out to cure human blindness

The next-step with the progression of the gene editing tool CRISPR is to be with non-genetic diseases, based on a new phase where the technology can be used to edit single letters in RNA. One application is to attempt to find a cure for blindness.

DNA has been edited with CRISPR in space for the first time

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station continue to work on pioneering studies. Recently they have used the pioneering CRISPR-Cas9 technology to carefully edit the DNA of brewer's yeast.

Op-Ed: Are Humans Evolving? The question is back, with new answers

Sydney - The "Are humans evolving" question is one of those academic flower arrangements. Everybody takes a position, and not much real thinking happens. The relatively new science of genetics is throwing a lot of very large spanners into those positions.

Google backs research to use CRISPR to prevent heart disease

Alphabet, the owners of Google, are backing a startup venture which is developing a gene editing method to confer long-term protection against heart disease. The gene editing uses the novel CRISPR process.

Teaching CRISPR and antibiotic resistance to high school students

BioBits Health have developed a new hands-on, low-cost, high-technology synthetic biology kit for use in the classroom. A pilot study has recently been completed in Chicago and he kits are now ready for wider roll-out.

Deadly box jellyfish antidote discovered

Sydney - By deploying the gene editing technology CRISPR, Australian scientists specializing in pain research have found the antidote to deadly box jellyfish toxin.

Gene editing CRISPR treats lethal lung diseases before birth

Scientists in the U.S. have used the gene editing tool CRISPR in order to treat lethal lung diseases, before birth. This proof-of-concept study could lead to several inherited genetic diseases being addressed.

CRISPR could treat rare brain disorder in unborn babies

New research, based on the technique CRISPR and using a benign virus, could be used to treat a rare brain disorder in unborn babies. The virus functions to switch on certain genes.

Scientist who genetically engineered human babies, detained

In November 2018 it was widely reported that Professor He Jiankui had genetically edited human babies, which brought widespread condemnation. Now the researcher has been, reportedly, detained by Chinese authorities.

Co-creator of gene editing speaks out on CRISPR embryo research

Professor He Jiankui claims to have genetically edited human babies, an announcement that led to widespread dismay from scientists. Now, the co-creator of the CRISPR method used in the reported genetic editing, Jennifer Doudna, is voicing her opinion.

Can a new rice variety address world hunger?

CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing has been used to create new rice variety, which the developers say could address world hunger. Opponents, however, raise the ethical issue of the crop not being owned by the farmers but by the technologists behind it.

Microsoft to use artificial intelligence to improve CRISPR

There is considerably scientific interest in CRISPR, the gene editing technology, especially in the potential to address genetic diseases. To speed up development, Microsoft plans to harness artificial intelligence.

Outdated law makes gene-editing using CRISPR illegal in Canada

Toronto - Canada is among the few countries in the world where working with the CRISPR gene-editing system is illegal under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA). Not only is it illegal, but doing so could land you behind bars.

Is reversible gene editing possible?

Researchers have proposed altering gene-editing technology with the view of combating diseases without having to trigger permanent changes to the DNA of people. Current gene editing is based on permanently altering DNA.

Creating new life to save endangered life Special

Can we design life? Should we try? And who gets to decide? Scientists don’t have all the answers. Maybe artists and designers should get in on the act, too.

Gene-editing technology repairs mutation for muscular dystrophy

A new way to deliver gene-editing technology inside has repaired the mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is a severe muscle-wasting disease, in mice. The delivery system is CRISPR-Gold.

Essential Science: First U.S. case of human embryo gene editing

U.S. researchers based in Oregon have performed of gene editing on human embryos. The researchers corrected defective genes responsible for inherited diseases in several embryos using the gene editing technology CRISPR.

Op-Ed: The Great DNA Ripoff? Donate your DNA swab to corporations

Sydney - The theory is that your DNA swab can be used for “counselling” of whatever standard of usefulness. The practice is that you pay companies $80 for your DNA swab to be used for god knows what.

Increasing productivity in farm to table sector with technology

The world's population is expected to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050 and combined with the effects of climate change, our agriculture and food industries are presented with a great many challenges, opening the door to innovation at many levels.

Harvard geneticist claims mammoths on verge of de-extinction

Harvard geneticist Dr. George Church has announced that he believes he is just two years away from creating a wooly mammoth embryo using CRISPR gene editing technology.

Monsanto aims to use CRISPR to engineer food

Agricultural biotech company Monsanto has licensed the use of the cutting edge CRISPR-Cas genome-editing technology for food production.

CRISPR-Cas9 may be the answer to feeding our growing world

For possibly the first time ever, two people sat down to a meal featuring fried cabbage that had been genetically modified using "genetic scissors," and had been cultivated, harvested and cooked in Europe. You might even say it was an historic occasion.

Op-Ed: Living cells are now being programmed with computer code

Cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other diseases are now in the firing line more than ever with the advent of CRISPR technology and now, computer code that reprograms living cells.

Is CRISPR technology set to change biological science?

Gene editing technology is seemingly the most important scientific method to emerge in recent years. The primary method is called CRISPR and it is transforming the field of biology.

Jennifer Doudna wins the ‘For Women in Science Award’

Jennifer Doudna, who pioneered CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology, has been awarded the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in Paris.

Editas hopes it can use gene-editing to cure eye disease by 2017

A genome editing company hopes to start experimental treatments for a genetic eye disorder in humans by 2017 using a hot new gene-editing technique.

Researchers create dogs with double muscle mass

Chinese researchers have successfully gene-edited dogs with double muscle mass thanks to the CRISPR system, which has also created micropigs and edited human embryos.

Researchers genetically alter human blood vessel cells

Scientists have used the new genome-editing tool CRISPR to alter cultured human endothelial cells. These cells were taken from blood vessels.

Mixed reactions to work on human embryos

News that researchers have undertaken human genome editing using embryos has sparked mixed reactions among the world's scientific community.
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Dolly was a cloned sheep  and the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult cell. With CRISPR g...
Dolly was a cloned sheep, and the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult cell. With CRISPR gene-editing technology, there are fears of the system being used to clone humans.
Toni Barros from São Paulo, Brasil
Two applications of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing  complete gene silencing through non-homologous end j...
Two applications of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, complete gene silencing through non-homologous end joining and gene editing through homology-directed repair.
Jacob Meadows/University of Pittsburg
Cloning facility in a sci/fi movie.
Cloning facility in a sci/fi movie.
Wikia.org.
CRISPR -  revolutionary new tool to cut and splice DNA.
CRISPR - revolutionary new tool to cut and splice DNA.
Illustration courtesy of Jennifer Doudna/UC Berkeley
Gene Drive is the new permanent press for your genes.
Gene Drive is the new permanent press for your genes.
Independent co. UK
The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto  Canada used CRISPR technology to correct the mutation tha...
The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada used CRISPR technology to correct the mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Hospital for Sick Children
This key experiment shows the successful protection of a phage-sensitive bacterial strain against a ...
This key experiment shows the successful protection of a phage-sensitive bacterial strain against a virus. Top-right - bacteria growing in the absence of a virus; Top-left - holes in the culture caused by an infecting virus; Bottom - when equipped with specific CRISPR defense system components, the bacteria became resistant to the virus.
John van der Oost

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