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FDA Approves a New Way For Scientists to Use Gene Therapy

FDA Approves a New Way For Scientists to Use Gene Therapy

It’s been a good year for gene therapy, after decades of false starts. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first gene therapy to treat an inherited genetic disease. Earlier
FDA Approves a New Way For Scientists to Use Gene Therapy

FDA Approves a New Way For Scientists to Use Gene Therapy

It’s been a good year for gene therapy, after decades of false starts. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first gene therapy to treat an inherited genetic disease. Earlier
With No Cure in Sight, CRISPR Could Offer Hope for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

With No Cure in Sight, CRISPR Could Offer Hope for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Genetic engineering offers the promise of treating genetic disorders by correcting disease-causing DNA, but when the defective genes are located in cells deep inside the body, how do you actually

Using Genetics to Make a More Perfect Christmas Tree

A small group of scientists have dedicated their careers to unraveling the conifer's genetic secrets.
Would Mutant Species Solve Our Environmental Woes—Or Set Off a Global Catastrophe?

Would Mutant Species Solve Our Environmental Woes—Or Set Off a Global Catastrophe?

Genetic engineering is often derided as “playing God.” No technology approaches that metaphor more closely than the gene drive. A powerful and controversial technology, a gene drive is a form of
In 2018, We Will CRISPR Human Beings

In 2018, We Will CRISPR Human Beings

Ever since 2012, when researchers first discovered that bacterial immune systems could be hijacked to edit DNA in living creatures, CRISPR has been hailed as a maker of revolutions. This was the year
Could Gene Therapy One Day Cure Diabetes?

Could Gene Therapy One Day Cure Diabetes?

In type 1 diabetes, the body engages in warfare with itself, the immune system mistakenly treating the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas as a harmful invader, destroying the cells along with the
Should Access to Your Own DNA Be Treated as a Civil Right?

Should Access to Your Own DNA Be Treated as a Civil Right?

Ten years ago this year, Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a whopper of a law conceived at the onset of an era of rapid advancement in genetics. It was intended to protect
Why CRISPR-Edited Food May Be in Supermarkets Sooner Than You Think

Why CRISPR-Edited Food May Be in Supermarkets Sooner Than You Think

In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the green light to a version of the plant Camelina sativa, an important oilseed crop that had been genetically engineered using CRISPR to produce
The First US Human CRISPR Trials Could Start Any Day Now

The First US Human CRISPR Trials Could Start Any Day Now

The first U.S. human trial using CRISPR to treat disease could kick off any day now. The trial, led by the University of Pennsylvania, will use the gene-editing tool to modify immune cells, prompting
The US Government Hopes $190 Million Will Make Gene Editing Mainstream

The US Government Hopes $190 Million Will Make Gene Editing Mainstream

The first U.S. trial using CRISPR to treat disease in people is imminent, a significant step in testing the true power of gene editing in the clinic. In the future, the U.S. government is hoping that
Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Zhong Zhong, one of two cloned monkeys at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. They are the first primates cloned by transferring DNA into fetal cells.
Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Zhong Zhong, one of two cloned monkeys at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. They are the first primates cloned by transferring DNA into fetal cells.
Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Zhong Zhong, one of two cloned monkeys at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. They are the first primates cloned by transferring DNA into fetal cells.
The UK Is Officially Letting Doctors Create A 3-Parent Baby

The UK Is Officially Letting Doctors Create A 3-Parent Baby

The modern era of the so-called “three-parent baby” has officially kicked off, and it will begin in the UK.Read more...
This Startup Wants People to Inject Themselves With Untested Drugs

This Startup Wants People to Inject Themselves With Untested Drugs

Aaron Traywick paced the stage like a caged lion. In a few minutes, he would drop trou in front of an audience and thrust a needle containing a highly experimental herpes treatment into his left