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Genome editing at the crossroads of scandal and cure

January 16, 2020

Genetic modification of babies in China one year ago was universally condemned. At the same time, CRISPR treatments…
New CRISPR-based Gene-Drive System in Bacteria Defeats Antibiotic Resistance

December 17, 2019

Taking advantage of powerful advances in CRISPR gene editing, scientists at the University of California San Diego have…
CRISPR-Resistant Viruses Build ‘Safe Rooms’ to Shield Genomes from DNA-Dicing Enzymes

December 10, 2019

Bacteria and the viruses that infect them are engaged in a molecular arms race as ancient as life…
Will CRISPR-Cas9 Help Biohacker to Be Next Captain America

December 4, 2019

In the marvel universe, a short and thin guy named Rogers underwent a series of gene transformations and…
New Approach to Treating Incurable Leukemia in Children Discovered

November 25, 2019

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common form of cancer affecting children in Switzerland and, unfortunately, is often…
Visualizing DNA Labels in Cells and Tissues

November 20, 2019

Complex living things are made up of collections of individual cells all working together. Understanding how these assemblages…
Early Results from First-In-U.S. Trial of CRISPR-Edited Immune Cells for Cancer Patients Suggest Safety of Approach

November 8, 2019

Abramson Cancer Center researchers to present initial safety data after treating three patients. Genetically editing a cancer patient’s…
CRISPRed flies mimic monarch butterfly — and could make you vomit

October 3, 2019

The fruit flies in Noah Whiteman’s lab may be hazardous to your health. Whiteman and his University of…
New CRISPR-Cas9 variant may boost precision in gene editing

October 2, 2019

Researchers have developed a new variant of the gene editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 that has the potential to increase…
Researchers enlist tiny biomagnets for faster drug discovery

September 24, 2019

What started as a hallway conversation between colleagues is now an “engine for the discovery of new therapeutic…
Researchers find new way to find antibiotics in dirt

September 18, 2019

Researchers at McMaster have designed a new way to rapidly identify antibiotics hidden in common dirt. Their method,…
CRISPR patent portfolio now at 14 and counting for University of California

September 18, 2019

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today awarded the University of California (UC), University of Vienna and…
Scientists use CRISPR to Treat HIV for the First Time

September 16, 2019

The patient in question – a 27-year-old male citizen of China – was diagnosed with AIDS back in…
The Swiss Army Knife of Gene Editing Gets New Control

September 5, 2019

When researchers want to edit, activate, or silence a gene in any living organism, from bacteria to humans,…
Keeping do-it-yourself gene science safe

August 7, 2019

While federal and professional regulatory systems monitor genetic-editing experiments in university and corporate labs, most research conducted outside…
Genetic Screen Identifies Genes That Protect Cells from Zika Virus

July 26, 2019

The Zika virus has affected over 60 million people, mostly in South America. It has potentially devastating consequences…
Newly granted CRISPR patents boost UC’s U.S. portfolio to 10

July 24, 2019

The University of California has received two new patents for use of the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 technology, increasing its…
New CRISPR platform expands RNA editing capabilities

July 15, 2019

CRISPR-based tools have revolutionized our ability to target disease-linked genetic mutations. CRISPR technology comprises a growing family of tools that…
First Proof-of-Concept Demonstrates Genetic Sex Selection in Mammals

July 11, 2019

Certain plants, insects, crustaceans and fish possess the uncanny ability to change the sex of their offspring before…
How transposons improve CRISPR efficiency

June 28, 2019

Gene editing technology is continuously evolving. CRISPR-Cas9 mutagenesis hit the world by storm in 2013 and has since…
Why CRISPR-Cas9 Is the Biggest Revolution in Genome Editing?

June 24, 2019

One of the more recent developments in genome editing is CRISPR-Cas9, which offers a more efficient, accurate, and…
CRISPR baby mutation significantly increases mortality

June 5, 2019

A genetic mutation that a Chinese scientist attempted to create in twin babies born last year, ostensibly to…
New genetic weapons challenge sickle cell disease

June 4, 2019

Help for patients with sickle cell disease may soon come from gene editing to fix the mutation that causes the…
To curb infection, bacteria direct their defenses against themselves

May 31, 2019

Sometimes, the best defense against hostile invaders is a good, long nap. Or at least, that strategy seems…
UC receives patent for use of CRISPR-Cas9 to tune gene expression

May 29, 2019

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today issued a patent to the University of California (UC), the University…
CRISPR Fingers Drug-Resistant Microbes in a ‘FLASH’

May 24, 2019

A research team led by scientists at UC San Francisco and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has developed a…
Genetic Technologies: Surrounded by Scary Myths but Fighting Real Threats

May 21, 2019

Genetics is stirring up more controversy than almost any other modern science. Ever since gene editing techniques emerged…
Researchers identify molecules that rein in CRISPR systems

May 20, 2019

Scientists have identified the first chemical compounds able to inhibit and regulate CRISPR systems, which could ultimately make…
UC receives fourth CRISPR patent; three more on the way

April 25, 2019

The U.S. Patent Office today issued a fourth patent for the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology to the University…
CRISPR-Cas3 innovation holds promise for disease cures, advancing science

April 16, 2019

A Cornell researcher, who is a leader in developing a new type of gene editing CRISPR system, and…
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