Seán Dunphy

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CRISPR Goes to Washington: Democracy Ensues? Results From Pilot Public Engagement Project

This blog post was originally published for Bionews on November 26th, and co-authored with Dr Lara Marks. The original blog post can be read here<p><b>Public engagement is an essential ingredient in building public trust and confidence, when it comes to decisions about the use of science and technology.</b> …

Biologists Create More Precise Molecular Scissors for Genome Editing

By tweaking an enzyme that cuts DNA, synthetic biologists say that they can make genome editing even more specific—an essential improvement if the …

Genetics

Scientists Use Stem Cells From Rats To Create First Contracting Muscle

Pushing the field of regenerative medicine one step further, researchers led by Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, professor of regenerative medicine at …

Stem Cells

The Gene Hackers

A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.<p>At thirty-four, Feng Zhang is the youngest member of the core faculty at the Broad Institute of Harvard and M.I.T. He is also among the most accomplished. In 1999, while still a high-school student, in Des …