CRISPR

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For Gene Editing, a 'New Frontier'

If deemed safe, scientists hope for widespread use of CRISPR procedure inside patients' bodies

(Newser) - "We literally have the potential to take people who are essentially blind and make them see." Those are the attention-grabbing words of Charles Albright, the chief scientific officer at Editas Medicine, which is sponsoring a study to wield DNA technology in a novel way: edit genes using the... More »

Scientist Behind Gene-Edited Babies Is Going to Prison

China sentences He Jainkui to 3 years

(Newser) - Three researchers involved in the births of genetically edited babies have been convicted and sentenced for practicing medicine illegally, Chinese state media said Monday. Xinhua reports that lead researcher He Jiankui was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3 million yuan ($430,000). Two other people received lesser... More »

The 'Most Complicated' Gene Engineering Yet

Doctors safely used CRISPR technology on 3 cancer patients in the US for first time

(Newser) - The first attempt in the United States to use a gene editing tool called CRISPR against cancer seems safe in three patients who've had it so far, but it's too soon to know if it will improve survival, doctors reported Wednesday. The doctors were able to take immune... More »

Scientists Break Ground In Use of Gene-Editing Tool

CRISPR was employed against a patient's HIV

(Newser) - Scientists are reporting the first use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR to try to cure a patient's HIV infection by providing blood cells that were altered to resist the AIDS virus. The gene-editing tool has long been used in research labs, and a Chinese scientist was scorned last year... More »

Landmark Gene-Editing Work May Help Restore Vision

Researchers will use CRISPR technology to try to help patients with rare disease

(Newser) - Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the body to try to cure an inherited form of blindness, per the AP . People with the disease have normal eyes but lack a gene that converts light into signals to... More »

Results of Mice Study Bring Big HIV News

Researchers eradicated HIV from the DNA of 9 infected mice

(Newser) - Researchers tell CNBC they have for the first time shown "that the HIV disease is a curable disease" A study published Tuesday in Nature Communications details how they got to such a statement: essentially by putting the brakes on HIV's spread in mice and then editing it out... More »

US Nobelist Knew About Gene-Edited Babies

Craig Mello was on board of He Jiankui's biotech company

(Newser) - Long before the claim of the world's first gene-edited babies became public , Chinese researcher He Jiankui shared the news with a US Nobel laureate who objected to the experiment yet remained an adviser to He's biotech company. The revelation that another prominent scientist knew of the work, which... More »

China to Gene Researcher: Stop Your Work

Investigation underway into He Jiankui's claims to have altered the DNA of newborn twins

(Newser) - China has ordered a scientist to stop his controversial work after his bombshell claim about creating the world's first gene-edited babies . Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping said Thursday that He Jiankui's work "crossed the line of morality and ethics adhered to by the... More »

Scientist Behind Gene-Edited Babies Kept Work Shrouded in Secrecy

He Jiankui did not follow conventional path

(Newser) - The Chinese scientist who says he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies veered off a traditional career path, keeping much of his research secret in pursuit of a larger goal—making history. He Jiankui's outsized aspirations began to take shape in 2016, the year after another team... More »

Infant Twins Lula and Nana May Be a World First

Chinese scientist claims to have created the first gene-edited babies

(Newser) - The twin girls are known as Lulu and Nana, and if a Chinese scientist is correct, they are the world's first babies born with edited genes. Researcher He Jiankui says he tweaked embryos with CRISPR technology in the hope of making the resulting infants naturally resistant to HIV, reports... More »

This Could Be a Novel Way to Conquer Cocaine Addiction

Scientists devise a genetically engineered skin graft that works in mice

(Newser) - Could a skin graft help cocaine addicts get clean? Scientists at the University of Chicago say their novel approach has worked in mice, reports New Scientist . And if this translates to humans, it could be a game changer, though the remedy is specific to cocaine addiction. In a new study... More »

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