Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans

In a striking advance that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might cause disease in humans. The experiments, reported on Thursday in the journal Science, may make it possible one day to transplant livers, hearts and other organs from pigs into humans, a hope …

Huge backlash against gene editing of human embryos as scientists decry ethical quagmire of “designer babies”

For several years now, there has been a vigorous and ongoing debate in this country regarding the ethics of gene editing on human embryos. While many people argue that the practice will lead to incredible advancements in technology and could even one day save lives, others decry gene editing as an immoral procedure that humans …

Scientists Have Created A Way to “Delete” DNA in Living Cells

IN BRIEF Our DNA has “dark matter” of its own: the non-coding DNA that covers about 99 percent of our genetic code. New techniques utilizing CRISPR created “molecular scissors” that can snip out pieces of non-coding DNA, and may be able to target disease-causing genes. EDITING THE BODY’S BLUEPRINT – CRISPR-Cas9 is the most advanced and […]