Genome editing

Altering the genome, typically to better understand gene and protein function. This also paves the way for gene therapy.

Genome Surgery Is Coming, Says Scientist

Researchers have developed a new technique for the powerful gene editing tool CRISPR to restore retinal function in mice afflicted by a degenerative retinal disease. This is the first time researchers have successfully applied CRISPR technology to a type of inherited disease known as a dominant disorder.

CRISPR Patent Battle: Round 2

The US Court of Appeals has heard the oral arguments for the next round of the patent battle between the UC Berkeley and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Weekend Reads, week 15

Some are exciting (Bill Gates on gene editing and George Church on how to live forever), some are informative (lab mice might be too clean, questioning drug pricing and freeing health data). You can read one, or you can read all five. That’s up to you! 

Fixing the Code

The Code, Part 2: Does the ability to more easily change the blueprint of life mean we’re on the path to repairing the broken bits in our genetic inheritance? Or have we tried this before and failed?