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CRISPR Defense Thwarted through Viral Cooperation | GEN

Gene editing using the CRISPR-Cas system has exploded with therapeutic potential over the last several years, and while researchers have begun to …

Biology

How Viruses Cooperate to Defeat CRISPR

Some weaken their hosts’ immune systems by sacrificing themselves in kamikaze fashion, paving the way for successful infections later.<p>No single wolf can take down a bison on its own, but the pack has strength in numbers. A lone army ant is little threat, but an entire colony is a mighty destructive …

Microbiology

CRISPR gene editing is not quite as precise and as safe as thought

A study of CRIPSR suggests we shouldn’t rush into trying out CRISPR genome editing inside people’s bodies just yet. The technique can cause big …

Genetics

Scientists discover a new way to activate stem cells to make hair grow

UCLA researchers have discovered a new way to activate the stem cells in the hair follicle to make hair grow.The post Scientists discover a new way …

Stem Cells

Here's How That Person With the Perfect Life Is Different From the Rest of Us

Doing things like everyone else only leads to mediocrity.<p>Successful people are the ones you should want to emulate. They understand that doing things like everyone else only leads to mediocrity. Want ideas on how to live a better life? Here are nearly two dozen daily habits practiced by …

Massage Therapy

A Serious New Hurdle for CRISPR: Edited Cells Might Cause Cancer, Find Two Studies

Editing cells’ genomes with CRISPR-Cas9 might increase the risk that the altered cells, intended to treat disease, will trigger cancer, two studies …

Genetics

Researchers discover why the CRISPR gene editing system sometimes fails

The CRISPR gene editing revolution is less than a decade old and scientists are still learning how best to deploy this ground-breaking technique. A …

Genetics

Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?

Could light one day be used to restore hearing?<p>To try to answer that question, a team of German bioengineers surgically installed coiled strips of …

Neurophilosophy

Gene editing gets a head start

The development of gene-editing technologies into therapies for human disease is an exciting prospect. A crucial question is whether there are …

geneediting

Scientists Just Found a Novel, Cheap Way to Use CRISPR Gene Editing to Fight Cancer

CRISPR is by all accounts a fascinating technology. Its headline feature is that it can literally be used to slice, dice, and otherwise manipulate …

immunology

Latest Trial of an 'Anti-Aging' Pill Shows This One Might Actually Work

At least for the immune system.<p>A clinical trial testing the health benefits of an experimental drug in a new combination has shown promising results, …

Immune System

Can You See a Single Photon with Your Naked Eye?

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Quantum Physics

Ask the Builder: Don’t let contractor skip steel reinforcement in concrete driveway or patio

<b>Q: Tim, my builder is telling me to forget about using reinforcing steel or mesh in my concrete driveway and patio. He says he’ll just add an inch of</b> …

Gene therapy could give humans super powers — with a catch

Marvel’s Jessica Jones bends a metal chair like it’s putty and lifts a refrigerator with the ease of an empty box. She throws a man through a glass …

Memories Physically Transferred Between Snails Through Strings of RNA

It just took one injection to teach these snails fear.<p>To most of us, memories are intangible, like floating photo albums existing only in the mind. …

Biology

Move over, CRISPR: MAGESTIC makes for gentler gene-editing

Allowing scientists to make cut-and-paste edits to an organism's genome, the CRISPR gene-editing tool may be powerful, but it's still a bit clumsy. …

Meet the Startup That's Giving Away Its CRISPR-Like Technology for Free

CRISPR is one of the most promising areas in biotech, but much of that potential has been locked behind expensive licensing schemes.<p>CRISPR is one of the most exciting areas in biotech. Investors, from VCs to the Defense Department, are pouring billions into CRISPR and CRISPR-like technology …

Genetics

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Genetics

Scientists Find a Crucial New Role For DNA We Once Considered Junk

We were so wrong.<p>Researchers have determined how satellite DNA, considered to be "junk DNA", plays a crucial role in holding the genome …

CRISPR may not cause hundreds of rogue mutations after all - MIT Technology Review

A scientific journal has retracted a controversial paper, published last year, that suggested the gene-editing tool CRISPR was a genome wrecking ball.<p>…

What Is CRISPR Gene Editing, And How Does It Work?

You’ve probably read stories about new research using the gene editing technique CRISPR, also called CRISPR/Cas9. The scientific world is captivated …

First human CRISPR study in the US could begin soon

In mid-2016, A federal panel had greenlit the University of Pennsylvania to pursue the first trials using CRISPR gene-editing in the US. It seems the institution has quietly gotten the ball rolling and could theoretically start the study at any time: A posting was found on a directory of trials …

Genetics

Everything You Need to Know About Crispr Gene Editing

In the last five years, biology has undergone a seismic shift as researchers around the globe have embraced a revolutionary technology called gene …

Using DNA, new software can verify identity in minutes

DNA ID<p>New software, developed by cooperating teams of researchers from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center (NYGC), will help to …

Scientists Added Two New Letters to DNA's Code

If you’ve taken a science class, you’re likely aware that DNA is the body’s instruction manual. But its language is only written in four letters: A, …

Biology

The promise and peril of reading your genome in 2017 (or for that matter, 2018)

Imagine that a folded note before you reveals -- definitively -- whether an excruciating, protracted neurological death lies a decade into your …

DIY: Scientists release a how-to for building a smartphone microscope

Add one more thing to the list of tasks your smartphone can perform. University of Houston researchers have released an open-source dataset offering …

Young Again: How One Cell Turns Back Time

None of us was made from scratch. Every human being develops from the fusion of two cells, an egg and a sperm, that are the descendants of other cells. The lineage of cells that joins one generation to the next — called the germline — is, in a sense, immortal.<p>Biologists have puzzled over the …

Biology

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Stem cell treatment guidelines are released by FDA

What is it?<p>STAT Plus is a premium subscription that delivers daily market-moving biopharma coverage and in-depth science reporting from a team with …

Stem Cells