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03Oct

The CRISPR Family Tree Holds a Multitude of Untapped Gene Editing Tools

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Thanks to CRISPR, gene therapy and “designer babies” are now a reality. The gene editing Swiss army knife is one of the most impactful biomedical discoveries of the last decade.

17Jul

Breakthrough CRISPR Gene Therapy Could Be a ‘One and Done’ Injection

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CRISPR gene editing has had a big decade. The technology, which earned two of its discovers a Nobel Prize in 2020, can target and edit genes more easily than its predecessors. Still, as tantalizing (and controversial) as the technology’s been over the years, it’s mostly been developed in the lab.

21Jan

CRISPR and the Splice to Survive

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Odin, in Norse mythology, is an extremely powerful god who’s also a trickster. He has only one eye, having sacrificed the other for wisdom. Among his many talents, he can wake the dead, calm storms, cure the sick, and blind his enemies. Not infrequently, he transforms himself into an animal; as a snake, he acquires the gift of poetry, which he transfers to people, inadvertently.

11Oct

A Newly-Discovered Tiny CRISPR Protein Packs a Giant Punch For Human Gene Editing

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The CRISPR family just grew bigger. The newcomer? A tiny DNA-chomping Cas protein, tucked away inside giant viruses.

That’s the recent finding from Dr. Jennifer Doudna’s lab, one of the original discoverers of CRISPR, at the University of California, Berkeley.

09Apr

New CRISPR Class Expands Genetic Engineering Toolbox

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Biomedical engineers at Duke University have used a previously unexplored CRISPR technology to accurately regulate and edit genomes in human cells.

With this new approach, the researchers hope to dramatically expand the CRISPR-based tools available to biomedical engineers, opening up a new and diverse frontier of genome engineering technologies.

23Mar

Here’s what We Know about CRISPR Safety - and Reports of ‘Genome Vandalism’

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A movie just recently released called “Rampage” features an evil corporation using a genetic engineering technology called CRISPR, to transform a gorilla, among other animals, into a flying dragon-monster with gigantic teeth. Naturally, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson exposes their villainy and strives to administer an antidote. Though this is science fiction, not to mention impossible, the movie captures the imagination of the public and their recent interest and fascination with CRISPR.

20Mar

More CRISPR Gene-edited Human Babies Could Be On the Way

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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.

19Mar

Scientists Used CRISPR to Turn a Cell Into a Biological Computer

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Splinter Cell

Scientists say they’ve gene-hacked a human cell, using CRISPR tech to turn it into a tiny biological computer complete with the cellular analog of dual core processors.