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A bit of advice for any criminals inspired to try and edit their own genes – it's unlikely to work, and it may present health risks.
Inserting a random DNA mishmash into a plant or bacterium directs it to make a novel protein. Sifting through the resulting molecules, researchers may find ones have medical or agricultural uses.
Two researchers are impressed with a pioneering study showing that it may be both safe and effective to edit out diseases in human embryos.
A new report from the National Academies of Science and Medicine outlines conditions that have to be met before gene editing that results in heritable genomic changes can be considered.
A recent closed meeting about building synthetic genomes raised suspicions about just what scientists were planning, away from the public eye.
Leading researchers have called for a ban on using a precise gene-editing technology on humans. How can CRISPR advance science and why is it raising concerns?