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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.