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Scientists demand a prohibition on human genetic modification

March 16th, 2019

It’s now been several months since Chinese geneticist He Jiankui announced to the world that he had genetically modified human embryos which were then carried to term and resulted in twin girls. His work, which has come under harsh criticism from every corner of the scientific community, landed him in state detention and he may …

crispr pigs

Scientists edited pig genes and accidentally made bacon healthier

October 24th, 2017

Bacon is love, bacon is life, and now scientists want to make it even better (?). New research using the groundbreaking CRISPR gene editing process has led to pigs which are genetically tweaked to hold less body fat, and which stay warmer in cooler temperatures. Yes, genetically engineered bacon low-fat bacon could be headed to …

Scientists create world’s first mutant ants with gene editing technology

August 11th, 2017

It may sound like a script for a science fiction movie, but scientists have created the world’s first mutant ants. Two independent research teams have harnessed the gene editing technology CRISPR to genetically alter the ants. In one study, researchers at Rockefeller University modified a gene essential for sensing the pheromones that ants use to …

CRISPR Gene-Editing Cancer

We’re editing human genes to kill cancer

June 22nd, 2016

Killing cancer is the ultimate goal for many researchers, and they’re studying various ways of doing it. Some scientists are working on a vaccine that would kill tumor cells in a patient and stop cancer from spreading. Others are looking to edit genes to enhance the immune response of the organism and eliminate cancerous growth. …

DNA Gene Editing Clinical Trials

Startup to begin editing humans’ DNA in 2017

November 5th, 2015

We’re not quite ready to alter human DNA on a massive scale, but there are means to edit genes in some parts of the body such as eyes to correct certain medical conditions. One startup called Editas Medicine will begin testing a gene repair program on humans in two years, marking an impressive advancement for biotechnology. …