Potential benefits of human genome editing include new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent genetic disorders. But there’s a significant gap in regulation.
Scientists have been eager to edit genomes to eliminate certain diseases. New WHO reports outlines ethical approaches to research and treatment.
There are signs that UK will be bolder and less accountable in its genetic defence research than many other countries.
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier have been awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry for their revolutionary work on ‘gene scissors’ that can edit DNA.
Most scientific discoveries these days aren’t easily ascribed to a single researcher. CRISPR is no different – and ongoing patent fights underscore how messy research can be.
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna share the Nobel prize for chemistry for their CRISPR/Cas9 tool to rewrite the blueprint of life.
Our approach to controversial technologies shouldn’t be guided by scientists alone, nor by peddlers of misinformation on social media. A citizens’ assembly could walk the line between the two.
As more choices become theoretically available to prospective parents, it’s important to understand their rights.
Nearly 20 years ago, Bill Clinton said that sequencing the human genome would give us a “new power to heal”.
The world seemed to be inching forward with CRISPR gene editing technology – but suddenly the forbidden fruit has been plucked, and some even worry that the CRISPR tree has been cut down.
A Chinese scientist claims to have edited human DNA to make us more resistant to HIV. Here’s why that’s not good news.
Academics from different disciplines come Head to Head in this series to tackle topical debates.
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?