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.


Experimental gene therapy prevents obesity, builds muscle, without exercise or dieting

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A compelling new study, led by scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has found a novel gene therapy can prevent obesity and build muscle without the need for additional exercise, in mice being fed a high-fat diet.


Gene Therapy Is Successfully Treating a Common Form of Inherited Blindness

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K.L. always knew he might be completely blind before reaching adulthood.

Even as a child he realized something was wrong with his eyes. Although he could see enough to navigate the world in daytime, as soon as the sun set so did his eyesight. Going out with friends was impossible at night. Eventually the world looked as if he was seeing through a large tunnel, focusing on only a tiny fraction at a time.


Scientists Have Identified 22 Genes Associated with Intelligence

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We know more about DNA and heredity now than ever before, yet our knowledge of the effects of specific genes is still relatively absent. This is quickly changing, however, as genome-wide association studies (GWAS) progress and further insight and understanding.