Bacteria used CRISPR way before humans did

"We humans have only recently begun to exploit nature's CRISPR-Cas systems, but as it turns out, we are not the first."

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology antibiotics bacteria competition drug-resistance genetic-engineering immune-systems parasites

Insecticide-making cotton actually boosted pesticide use in India

Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment crops farmers genetic-engineering india insects money pesticides

Adding iron to wheat could fight ‘hidden hunger’

Biofortification of wheat shows promise for addressing "hidden hunger," a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the human diet.

Nerissa Hannink-Melbourne
Feb. 5, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine agriculture food genetic-engineering iron plants wheat zinc

To save honey bees, tinker with their microbiomes?

Genetic engineered bacteria in the guts of honey bees could pump out medicines to protect the bees against Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.

Marc Airhart-Texas
Jan. 31, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment bacteria bees conservation genetic-engineering insects microbiomes

Genetically modified poplar trees won’t pollute the air

Genetic modification can keep poplar trees from emitting greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, while not messing with their growth potential.

U. Arizona
Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change genetic-engineering greenhouse-gas pollution renewable-fuels trees

CRISPR fix in mice may lead to muscular dystrophy therapy

Using CRISPR to correct mutated muscle stem cells in mice may pave the way for lifelong treatments for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Derek Thompson-Missouri
Sept. 19, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine dna genes genetic-engineering muscular-dystrophy

Survey gauges support for using ‘gene drives’ to fight pests

New survey results indicate more support for using limited agricultural gene drives on non-native species of insect pests.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State
Sept. 12, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: society-and-culture agriculture genetic-engineering insects

What ethical rules should guide using CRISPR in people?

News that a scientist had used CRISPR on two twin girls shook the scientific world. In this podcast, experts explain the ethical issues around CRISPR.

ETH Zurich
Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity

~1 mins

Tags: featured health-and-medicine babies ethics genetic-engineering

CRISPR can now edit multiple genes at once

With a new refinement, researchers can use the CRISPR method to edit multiple genes at once, rather than just a few at a time.

ETH Zurich
Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine genes genetic-engineering

Can brain implants with lasers ‘reprogram’ our genomes?

"Optogenomics" could one day offer the ability to manipulate our genomes, potentially upending treatment for cancer and other diseases.

Cory Nealon-Buffalo
July 17, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine brains genes genetic-engineering genomes implants lasers nanotechnology optogenetics

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