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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.

19Mar

The Hunt for a CRISPR Antidote

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When scientists behind the Manhattan Project heard of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, their earlier exuberance gradually turned into morose regret. What began as a physics revolution had mutated into a weapon of mass destruction - with no feasible “off switch” to cripple its power.

16Mar

Anti-CRISPR Molecules Discovered that Can Block the Gene Editing Technology

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As we dive into the brave new world of gene editing, CRISPR technologies are undoubtedly becoming increasingly precise, but alongside enhanced precision is also the necessity for developing ways to inhibit or block the process – an anti-CRISPR molecule, if you will.

21Feb

CRISPR Just Got More Powerful With an “On” Switch

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For all its gene-editing prowess, mechanistically CRISPR is a bit like a power tool with a broken “off” switch.

21Jan

A CRISPR Future: Five Ways Gene Editing Will Transform Our World

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Over the past few years, CRISPR has been making headlines. Experts predict that this gene editing technology will transform our planet, revolutionizing the societies we live in and the organisms we live alongside. Compared to other tools used for genetic engineering, CRISPR (also known by its more technical name, CRISPR-Cas9) is precise, cheap, easy to use, and remarkably powerful.

05Jan

CRISPR Bioterror Threats

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Though the technology promises seemingly innumerable ways to positively impact human life, gene editing is truly a double-edged sword, with nearly as many potentially negative consequences as benefits.

02Jan

CRISPR Gives Us the Power to End Diseases and Remake Species

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In 2013, some 200 million humans suffered from malaria, and an estimated 584,000 of them died, 90 percent in Africa. The vast majority of those killed were children under age 5. Decades of research have fallen short of a vaccine for this scourge. A powerful new technique that allows scientists to selectively edit entire genomes could provide a solution, but it also poses risks - and ethical questions science is only beginning to address.