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Human gene-editing experiment put on hold

The Chinese researcher behind a controversial experiment to produce gene-edited children took the stage at a Hong Kong conference to explain his work, and acknowledged that the international outcry has brought a halt to the experiment. “The clinical trial was … Continue reading

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Reports of gene-edited babies spawn investigations

Multiple investigations are being sought in the wake of reports that a Chinese laboratory facilitated the birth of twin girls whose genes had been edited to protect them against the HIV virus that causes AIDS. The first-of-its-kind experiment, which took … Continue reading

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First gene-edited babies reportedly born in China

A Chinese researcher says his lab facilitated the first birth of gene-edited children — twin girls who are said to possess genetic alterations that could protect them from HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “Two beautiful little Chinese girls, named Lulu and … Continue reading

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Kavli Prizes run the gamut from genes to galaxies

Three inventors of the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 technique for editing DNA are among the recipients of this year’s Kavli Prizes, which recognize scientific breakthroughs in fields outside the sweet spots for Nobel Prizes. Other Kavli laureates include three neuroscientists who trace the … Continue reading

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Gene editing fixes flaw linked to bad hearts

Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University provided the details today on an experiment with human embryos that demonstrated how gene editing can repair a genetic flaw linked to heart disease. The outlines of the experiment were reported last week, but … Continue reading

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Oregon team edits genes in human embryos

Chinese researchers crossed a threshold last year when they used CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tools to modify human embryos, and now Oregon researchers have reportedly crossed it as well. A report in MIT Technology Review suggests that the team at Oregon Health and Science University in … Continue reading

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Genetic code harnessed as digital circuitry

Researchers from the University of Washington have taken advantage of synthetic biology to turn yeast cells into building blocks for digital information processing. The experiment, described today in Nature Communications, turned the cells’ genetic code into NOR logic gates suitable for … Continue reading

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