CRISPR at Lightning Speeds

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University has developed a way to speed up the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing process by using light-sensitive nucleotides. They altered some of the guide RNA sequencing by adding light-sensitive nucleotides. Doing so prevented the guide from doing its job until light was applied. And once that light was applied, the binding took place …

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Many CRISPR Gene Editing Clinical Trials Underway

Human clinical trials are using CRISPR/Cas9 to combat cancer and blood disorders. In these tests, researchers remove some of a person’s cells, edit the DNA and then inject the cells back in, now hopefully armed to fight disease. Researchers are also set to see how CRISPR/Cas9 works inside the human body. In an upcoming trial, …

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Stem Cells That Will Not Be Rejected Will Bring Mass Produced Stem Cell Treatments

CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system has made pluripotent stem cells that are functionally “invisible” to the immune system which will prevent rejection of stem cell transplants. Universal stem cells can be produced that will work for everyone and there will not be the need for personalized stem cells. This will bring mass production of stem cells for …

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Salk Researchers Used Gene Therapy for Successful Antiaging

Salk Institute researchers have used CRISPR/Cas9 therapy to suppress aging, enhance health and extend life span in mice. Above – This image shows two mice of the same age with progeria. The larger and healthier mouse on the left received the gene therapy, while the mouse on the right did not. Credit: Salk Institute They …

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Better Gene Editing than CRISPR

George Church describes going beyond cutting DNA to precise editing. 1. Phage Integrases (Protein and DNA) 2. TAL Deaminases (custom Protein) 3. Chemical Targeting (custom polymer) 4. lambda (λ)-red recombinase (Custom DNA) Beyond editing to writing large genomes DNA-based target recognition For DNA-based target recognition systems, the two major approaches, multiplex automated genome engineering (MAGE) …

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Stronger and Faster Horses Will Be Made in 2019 Using CRISPR Gene Editing

Kheiron Biotech using clones thoroughbred horses and announced in 2017 that they would use CRISPR gene editing to create super horses. They plan to perform myostatin inhibition to boost the muscles in horses. They will develop horses with more muscle mass, which could run faster for longer distances and jump higher. At the end of …

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Support for Human Gene Editing to Fix Diseases in Latest Poll

There is about 70% support among Americans to use human gene editing to cure or correct diseases. The support among people in China for using human gene editing to cure disease was similar in a recent poll. The US support has increased about ten percent from a 2016 Pew Research poll. The Chinese poll of …

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Scientist Who Gene Edited the First Human Embryos Born as Babies is Missing

The chinese geneticist who has gene edited twin baby girls is reportedly missing. He Jianku caused a controversy for being the first case that we publicly know of for the genetic modification of the human germline. The Shenzhen University where he worked has denied detaining him. Reports claimed he was being kept under effective house …

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