Just like any emerging gene editing technique, CRISPR is not exempt from controversies. CRISPR is currently the most accurate and efficient method of editing a cell’s genome developed to date. It’s a very powerful tool whose ease in use has made it rapidly spread across the globe and is now being utilized in a countless […]

On 28 June 2012, Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier published a paper in Science magazine describing CRISPR-Cas9, a revolutionary new gene-editing technique that makes it cheap and easy for anyone with a basic knowledge of molecular biology to directly edit DNA. Given that there are close to 6,000 diseases we know are caused, at least […]

Chinese scientists have injected CRISPR/Cas9 gene-edited cells into a human for the first time. The patient, who has non-small-cell lung cancer, received the modified cells as part of a clinical trial at the Sichuan University West China Hospital in Chengdu (see BioNews 861). This is the first of several CRISPR clinical trials that are planned […]

It’s the year 2116, and the last person to die from malaria did so fifty years ago. Genetic demons such as Huntington’s disease and cystic fibrosis—whose heritability was a scourge on the psyche of those with a family history—can no longer hold prospective parents hostage. We’ve cracked the problem of world hunger and started bringing […]