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

Could CRISPR treat sickle cell disease?

Researchers report progress toward using CRISPR-Cas9 to repair the mutation that causes sickle cell disease.

Mike Williams-Rice | June 4, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine blood genetic-engineering sickle-cell-disease stem-cells

More knowledge changes opinions on G.M. food

If people knew more about the science of genetically modified food, they'd be more likely to eat it, researchers report.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester | May 29, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture beliefs education food genetic-engineering learning science

The E.U. is strict on G.M. crops, but is it logical?

The EU is really strict about genetically modified crops, but do the arguments about risk and unnaturalness hold water? A new paper says no.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen | May 6, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture europe food genetic-engineering laws plants

Wild tomato hairs carry an all-natural bug repellant

Wild tomatoes have evolved to ward off insects. Their tricks could lead to pest-resistant varieites of the ones we eat.

Jessi Adler-Michigan State | April 25, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture food genetic-engineering insects pesticides tomatoes

CRISPR thwarts fatal lung disease in fetal mice

"We wanted to know if this could work at all. The trick was how to direct the gene-editing machinery to target cells that line the airways of the lungs."

Karen Kreeger-Penn | April 22, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health fetus genes genetic-engineering lungs

CRISPR can turn human cells into biocomputers

Researchers created a biological dual-core processor, similar to those in the digital world, by integrating two cores into a cell with CRISPR.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich | April 16, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology cells computers genetic-engineering rna

Short tail on RNA makes CRISPR 50X more accurate

Adding a tail to the RNA scientists use in CRISPR could make genetic engineering much more accurate.

Ken Kingery-Duke | April 15, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria genetic-engineering rna

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