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DNA test may miss some disease-causing genes

A common DNA test used to find genes linked with disease may miss key genetic risk indicators, new research suggests.<p>Whole-exome sequencing—a …

Using CRISPR to Reverse Retinitis Pigmentosa and Restore Visual Function

<i>Summary: Researchers use gene editing to reverse cell degeneration and restore vision in mouse models of retinitis pigmentosa.</i><p>Source: UCSD.<p><b>In mouse</b> …

Meet CRISPR’s Younger Brother, SHERLOCK

Along with Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, Feng Zhang is one of the inventors of CRISPR-cas9 — or “CRISPR” for short — the cut-and-paste …

A New Flavor of CRISPR Could Tackle Some of the Worst Genetic Diseases

Most of the time, when people talk about the cutting edge gene editing technology CRISPR, they are actually talking about CRISPR-Cas9. CRISPR, you …

A new CRISPR breakthrough could lead to simpler, cheaper disease diagnosis

By Joel Achenbach<p>Joel Achenbach<p>Reporter covering science and politics<p>Email Bio<p>The controversial laboratory tool known as CRISPR may have found a whole new world to conquer. Already the favored method of editing genes, CRISPR could soon become a low-cost diagnostic tool that could be used …

CRISPR

Here’s Another Way CRISPR Is Changing Medicine

Gene editing, through a technology called CRISPR, can edit DNA almost as easily as a word processor edits text. Now that system is being used to …

CRISPR Will Make Healthy Kids, Not Designer Babies

Thanks to the gene-editing tool CRISPR, scientists can now manipulate DNA to make designer babies and fight inherited disease. Since it has so many …

CRISPR

Year in review: Breakthrough gene editor sparks ethics debate

A revolutionary gene-editing technology made headlines this year as much for the ethical and societal issues it raised as for the scientific …

Marieke Vervoort – and how the right to euthanasia can help some people to live better

Belgian Paralympic athlete Marieke Vervoort, who won a silver medal in the T52 400 metre event at the 2016 Rio games, recently disclosed that she …

Euthanasia

Professor offers basics of bioethics and the law in 90 minutes

Bioethics, the law, and how they pertain to health information technologies, reproduction, and research have raised questions, and often hackles, …

Ethics and genetics: opening the book of life – Science Weekly podcast

When it comes to the ethics of genetic technologies who decides how far we should go in our pursuit for perfection?<p>In 2001, the journal Nature published the first sequenced human genome. Hailed by many as the greatest achievement of humankind, the Human Genome Project also caused its fair share of …

What exactly is bioethics? How is it linked to our everyday lives? Interview with Eugenijus Gefenas

I would rather talk about a few characteristics of bioethics to explain the discipline.<p>First, I would see bioethics as problematic decisions on human …

Bioethics

A bioethicist embedded in a Harvard lab keeps scientists in check

It’s at the lab meetings every Monday and Thursday afternoon that Lunshof typically learns what might next land on her to-do list. The 50 or so …

5 topics that are "forbidden" to science

The changes in Washington do not bode well for fact-driven, scientific points of view on many issues. But there are already a number of sensitive …

Here's Why Today's Decision On Who Invented CRISPR Matters

In a brief, one-sentence decision on Wednesday, the US patent office handed the patent for the gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to the Broad …

College students almost engineer controversial gene drive

It’s a technology that scientists say could fundamentally alter entire populations.<p>The Pentagon has expressed alarm about what terrorists might do …

These Startups Will Pay You For Your DNA

There’s no shortage of companies that you can pay to test your DNA. But now there’s a twist — some companies will pay you for your DNA.<p>Genos, which officially opened its portal today, and DNAsimple, which started in November 2015, are building businesses based on the premise that scientists will …

Genetics

Explainer: what is nutrigenomics?

“Eat your five-a-day” is a health slogan that has been kicking around since the 1980s. The UK government made it an official campaign in 2003. But …

DNA & Nutritional Genomics

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) is served as our genetics instruction and consisted of all the necessary information to build a fully functional human …

Antibiotics pit against bacterial biofilms

Scientists in the US have designed a simple and inexpensive electrochemical device that monitors bacteria metabolites to gauge the effect of …

XNA: Synthetic DNA That Can Evolve

By swapping sugars in the DNA helix, scientists have created a new kind of genetic code that can function and evolve like regular DNA.<p><b>Every living thing on Earth</b> uses DNA or RNA to carry its genetic instructions for life. These two nucleic acids have different names because they're built from …

Biology

The real nuclear deal: Israeli discovers how a protein solves the chaos of reproduction

Human cells have 46 chromosomes that determine who we are — a factory for replication and reproduction that forms our body, traits and aging.<p>Your …