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CRISPR Gene Modifying Will Be Utilized Inside People For the Very First Time in Treatment for Loss Of Sight

CRISPR Gene Modifying Will Be Utilized Inside People For the Very...

The first study to test the gene-editing technology CRISPR inside the human body is about to get underway in the United States, according to news reports. The study plans to use CRISPR to treat an inherited eye disorder that causes blindness, according to the Associated Press. People with this condition have a mutation in a…
Utilizing CRISPR to resurrect the lifeless

Utilizing CRISPR to resurrect the lifeless

It really is worse than you think. We've gorged ourselves on fossil fuels, vacuumed up the Earth's forests and spewed toxic gases into the atmosphere for years on end. The planet is getting warmer, we're poisoning insect populations with reckless abandon and pulling fish out of the ocean at an alarming rate. The most recent…
More CRISPR gene-edited human infants might be en route

More CRISPR gene-edited human infants might be en route

The first gene-edited human babies were born in 2018. Science Photo Library/Getty A Russian molecular biologist plans to edit human embryos using the incredibly powerful gene-editing tool known as CRISPR in a similar fashion to Chinese researcher He Jiankui, according to a report by Nature. He came to prominence in November last year after announcing…
Hereditary self-experimenting “biohacker” under examination by health authorities

Hereditary self-experimenting “biohacker” under examination by health authorities

Enlarge / Zayner is best known for injecting himself with CRISPR. Prominent genetic "biohacker" Josiah Zayner is under investigation by California state officials for practicing medicine without a license. Zayner has a background in biophysics and runs a company called The Odin, which sells do-it-yourself genetic engineering kits and other lab equipment intended for use…
“Biohacker” who attempted to change his DNA penetrated for unlawfully practicing medication

“Biohacker” who attempted to change his DNA penetrated for unlawfully practicing...

Enlarge / Zayner is best known for injecting himself with CRISPR. Prominent genetic "biohacker" Josiah Zayner is under investigation by California state officials for practicing medicine without a license. Zayner has a background in biophysics and runs a company called The Odin, which sells do-it-yourself genetic engineering kits and other lab equipment intended for use…
CRISPR used to create antidote to the world’s most venomous animal

CRISPR used to create antidote to the world’s most venomous animal

The box jellyfish contains enough venom to kill 60 human adults. Getty Images/Ivan Bakardjiev The transparent box jellyfish is one of the world's most venomous animals, patrolling tropical waters with a trail of 3 meter long, streamer-like tentacles ready to deliver a painful, and potentially fatal, venom. Of the numerous species of box jellyfish Chironex…
For Science Agencies, the Federal government Shutdown’s Causal sequence

For Science Agencies, the Federal government Shutdown’s Causal sequence

The U.S. government shutdown is now closing out its fifth week, as votes on competing proposals from Democrats and Republicans failed to pass on Thursday. While some major agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Energy (DOE) were ostensibly spared from going unfunded, employees say they, too, are feeling the…
Researchers, ethicists knock choices behind gene-edited twins

Researchers, ethicists knock choices behind gene-edited twins

Enlarge / Chinese geneticist He Jiankui speaks during the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong days after the Chinese geneticist claimed to have altered the genes of the embryo of a pair of twin girls before birth, prompting outcry from scientists of the field. As more details regarding…
Reports out of China recommend very first human gene-edited children have actually been born

Reports out of China recommend very first human gene-edited children have...

Enlarge / He Jiankui, the scientist who has claimed to have led an effort to gene-edit humans. On Sunday, news reports indicated that the first gene-edited human babies had been born in China. As of right now, the information on what, exactly, has been accomplished is confusing. The scientist behind the announcement has made a…
Ballot on the Future of Science Journalism (Again)

Ballot on the Future of Science Journalism (Again)

Should public relations officials be allowed to serve as leaders of the country‚Äôs oldest organization for science journalists? For the second time in two years, that question is up for a vote this weekend at the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) meeting in Washington, D.C. Members of NASW will vote Saturday on whether or…
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