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Genetically Engineering the Natural World, it Turns Out, Could Be a Disaster

Genetically Engineering the Natural World, it Turns Out, Could Be a Disaster

For the native species of New Zealand, European settlement was particularly cruel. The country has no endemic land predators, so many of its birds evolved without the typical avian aptitude for
Matter: ‘Gene Drives’ Are Too Risky for Field Trials, Scientists Say

Matter: ‘Gene Drives’ Are Too Risky for Field Trials, Scientists Say

The short-tailed weasel, or stoat, decimated native bird populations after it was introduced to New Zealand. Altering the genes of invasive animals might save threatened species, scientists said, but
F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, at a Senate hearing earlier this year. The F.D.A. issued new guidelines that will expedite treatments involving human cells and
F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, at a Senate hearing earlier this year. The F.D.A. issued new guidelines that will expedite treatments involving human cells and
F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, at a Senate hearing earlier this year. The F.D.A. issued new guidelines that will expedite treatments involving human cells and
Swiss lab develops genetic tool kit to turn any cell into a tumor killer

Swiss lab develops genetic tool kit to turn any cell into a tumor killer

They’re designed to kill cancer cells, and they kill themselves in the process.
F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, at a Senate hearing earlier this year. The F.D.A. issued new guidelines that will expedite treatments involving human cells and
Could the Whole CRISPR Patent Kerfuffle Have Been Completely Avoided?

Could the Whole CRISPR Patent Kerfuffle Have Been Completely Avoided?

For the better part of the last three years, the introduction of the most powerful gene editing technology ever invented has been marred by a nasty patent battle. The two groups of scientists
Matter: ‘Gene Drives’ Are Too Risky for Field Trials, Scientists Say

Matter: ‘Gene Drives’ Are Too Risky for Field Trials, Scientists Say

The short-tailed weasel, or stoat, decimated native bird populations after it was introduced to New Zealand. Altering the genes of invasive animals might save threatened species, scientists said, but
The Department of Defense Is Developing Plants That Are Spies

The Department of Defense Is Developing Plants That Are Spies

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to bioengineer plants so that the military can turn foliage into spies. Read more...
The FDA Is Not Cool With Selling DIY Gene Therapies

The FDA Is Not Cool With Selling DIY Gene Therapies

The Food and Drug Agency has issued a stern warning to anyone who might be crazy enough to undertake gene therapy in the do-it-yourself fashion. Definitely don’t do this at home, a statement released
Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage

Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage

Laboratory technicians working with viral vectors used in gene therapy. Custom-made viruses, required to insert good genes into cells, are in short supply.
Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage

Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage

Laboratory technicians working with viral vectors used in gene therapy. Custom-made viruses, required to insert good genes into cells, are in short supply.
Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage

Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage

Laboratory technicians working with viral vectors used in gene therapy. Custom-made viruses, required to insert good genes into cells, are in short supply.

How Does Crispr Gene Editing Work?

Scientists are using it to treat genetic diseases, grow climate-resilient crops, and develop designer foods. Here’s how it works.
Why DARPA Is Investing Big in Gene Drives

Why DARPA Is Investing Big in Gene Drives

A powerful and controversial new genetic engineering technology called a gene drive offers the potential to drastically reshape our world by overriding natural selection. And the US military’s
This Temporary Tattoo Is Made From Living Cells

This Temporary Tattoo Is Made From Living Cells

It’s a little more high-tech than the tattoos you might remember fishing out of the bottom of a Cracker Jack box as a kid. Read more...
A Modified CRISPR Could Treat Common Diseases Without Editing DNA

A Modified CRISPR Could Treat Common Diseases Without Editing DNA

The unassumingly named CRISPR/Cas9 is a technology that stands to remake the world as we know it. By allowing scientists to more easily than ever cut and paste all those As, Cs, Ts, and Gs that encode
We may now be able to engineer the most important lousy enzyme on the planet

We may now be able to engineer the most important lousy enzyme on the planet

Could boost our ability to get plants to help us control carbon emissions.
The Most Life-Changing Breakthroughs in Genetics of 2017

The Most Life-Changing Breakthroughs in Genetics of 2017

It was a big year for the building blocks of life. Here are the most significant breakthroughs in genetics research of 2017. Read more...