Gene Editing News


Rob Stein | March 4, 2020 |

Scientists Use Revolutionary Gene-Editing Tool To Edit Inside A Patient

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Karen Weintraub | August 13, 2019 |

Despite Controversy, Human Studies of CRISPR Move Forward in the U.S.

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Express | REHEMA FIGUEIREDO | 27 Dec 2016

Gene editing: leave out the gifted

CRISPR logoNew technology which allows medics to ensure children do not inherit diseases could also mean the likes of Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb, might never be seen again, according to Dr Jim Kozubek.

His claim comes as the US and China prepare to stage mass trials to edit the genes of cancer patients to ensure it is not passed down in their DNA.

However, Dr Kozubek, author of Modern Prometheus: Editing the Human Genome with Crispr-Cas9, said the breakthrough is not necessarily a good thing and could see future generations of geniuses wiped out. Read more...

CRISPR cutting edge may be dangerous precipice

Xavier Symons | June 16, 2018 |

Does CRISPR cause cancer?

CRISPR-Cas9-biologistCRISPR-Cas9 technology has been heralded as one of the biggest breakthroughs in biomedical research of the past half-century. The technology has already been used in agriculture to increase crop yields and improve nutritional quality, while in biomedicine scientists are utilising it to study disease aetiology and progression, with the hope of one day assisting with the prevention and treatment of conditions ranging from cystic fibrosis and hemophilia to HIV and cancer.

Ironically, two new papers have been released that suggest that cells that have been successfully edited using CRISPR technology may have a higher likelihood of triggering cancer.

The two papers -- published in Nature Medicine by researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts -- indicate that some methods of CRISPR editing are dependent on the dysfunction of a gene known as p53. P53 is a gene that helps cells to repair (or, alternatively, self-destruct) when their DNA has been damaged. The reason why CRISPR success rates are often extremely low is because properly-functioning P53 disrupts the DNA editing process. Where CRISPR is successful, it is often associated with a dysfunction in p53, as the p53 would otherwise disrupt the edit or destroy the cell. Read more.

Update on CRISPR

April 16, 2019 | 11:01 AM ET

First U.S. Patients Treated With CRISPR As Human Gene-Editing Trials Get Underway

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