Team aims for a simple, at-home COVID-19 test

A new COVID-19 test could be a lot simpler. “The idea is to have a paper-based system where people can just look at it and say, yes, you have it, or not.”

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 genetic-engineering featured health-and-medicine medical-tests

CRISPR helps find new class of leukemia genes

Using CRISPR, researchers found several new leukemia genes. The discovery will help clarify how these aggressive blood cancers arise and grow.

Leslie Orr-Rochester • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cancer leukemia genetic-engineering health-and-medicine

Model warns of genetic modification gone awry in trees

A new model could help prevent unintended consequences when researchers use genetic modification on trees for things like biofuel.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: trees genomes genetic-engineering wood science-and-technology

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 • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Feb. 5, 2020 ~6 min

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

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 • futurity
Jan. 31, 2020 ~5 min

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

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 • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~6 min

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

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 • futurity
Sept. 19, 2019 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Sept. 12, 2019 ~6 min

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

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