CRISPR

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    Chinese scientists CRISPR a human for the first time

    Chinese scientists CRISPR a human for the first time

    A group of Chinese scientists injected a human being with cells genetically edited using CRISPR-Cas9 technology. This is the first time CRISPR has been used on a fully formed adult human and it’s encouraged a biomedical battle between China and the United States. The scientists from China are hoping the genetically edited cells will help their patient fend off a virulent type of… Read More

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    Oral arguments for who owns CRISPR-Cas9 start next month

    Oral arguments for who owns CRISPR-Cas9 start next month

    The date has been set for oral arguments to begin over who owns the patent rights to the gene-editing wonder CRISPR-Cas9. Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna and her colleague from the Max Planck Institute Emmanuelle Charpentier head to court on December 6th to face off against MIT’s Feng Zhang and present their argument before three US Patent and Trademark Office judges on why… Read More

  • This is the CRISPR-inspired bio-terror drama we deserve, but not the one we need

    This is the CRISPR-inspired bio-terror drama we deserve, but not the one we need

    CRISPR is like graphene. It’s one of those exciting new technologies science nerds will invariably invoke as a sort of game changer for every industry imaginable. And indeed, the gene-editing tool has already been unleashed on an impressive range of life-altering tasks, from the removal of malaria from mosquitos to a potential treatment for HIV. But there’s one job even those… Read More

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    CRISPR loses Nobel to tiny machines

    CRISPR loses Nobel to tiny machines

    CRISPR, the gene-editing technology revolutionizing the biotech industry, has failed to take home the Nobel prize in chemistry for the second year in a row. Instead, the award went to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart, and Bernard L. Feringa – three men who developed the world’s smallest machines using molecular physics. Each will share equally in the 8 million Swedish kronor… Read More

  • The ethics of transhumanism Crunch Network

    The ethics of transhumanism

    While many of the ideas of transhumanism are noble, the field is accused of sharing traits with eugenics. I can’t answer the many ethical, moral and existential questions raised by transhumanism. All I know is that it’s inevitable that advances in robotics, bionics, AI and genetics will affect the next phase of human evolution — we shouldn’t underestimate the ethical… Read More

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    Jennifer Doudna, inventor of gene editing technology CRISPR Cas9, is coming to Disrupt

    Jennifer Doudna, inventor of gene editing technology CRISPR Cas9, is coming to Disrupt

    Berkeley professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology and the inventor of the revolutionary CRISPR Cas9 gene editing technology Jennifer Doudna is going to join us for the first time on our Disrupt stage in SF this September. We’ll chat with Doudna about her discovery of a tool called Cas9 that not only is upending the biotech industry but could have a domino effect on… Read More

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    A federal safety board just OK’d the first CRISPR trial to genetically alter humans

    A federal safety board just OK’d the first CRISPR trial to genetically alter humans

    In the spring of 2015, a group of Chinese scientists modified the DNA of 54 embryos using CRISPR/Cas 9 technology. Twenty-eight of those embryos were successful, but 26 — nearly half of them — failed, setting off a heated debate throughout the scientific community on the ethics of altering human genes. Regulators don’t currently allow the use of CRISPR on human DNA in the… Read More

  • Reshaping human health and changing lives through gene editing Crunch Network

    Reshaping human health and changing lives through gene editing

    Gene editing is going to fundamentally change our lives and how we traditionally think about health throughout the first half of the 21st century. The question isn’t “When will gene editing become a significant reality for the majority of the world?” The truth is, this is neither science fiction nor a prediction — gene editing is happening now. Read More