DNA

antiagingSupercentenarian may have genes that protect against bad effects of aging

James Clement has collected blood, skin or saliva from supercentenarians in 14 states and seven countries over a six-year period. Lifestyle and luck, it seems, still factor heavily into why people live into their 90s and 100s. However, supercentenarians are …

DNAUpdate on genome sequencing costs

For many years, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has tracked the costs associated with DNA sequencing performed at the sequencing centers funded by the Institute. This information has served as an important benchmark for assessing improvements in DNA …

crisprMore advanced genomic screening for embyro selection for IVF

In 2014, Nextbigfuture predicted Tiger Moms as being the driver of early adoption of genetic intelligence enhancement and the lifting of the One child policy in China. China’s One child policy was being lifted just as embryo selection based upon …

agricultureCRISPR gene editing technology freely available for agricultural research

On October 18, 2017, DuPont Pioneer and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard reached an agreement to jointly provide non-exclusive licenses to foundational CRISPR-Cas9 intellectual property under their respective control for use in commercial agricultural research and product development. …

diseaseNew DNA base editors advance towards curing cystic fibrosis and other human point mutation diseases

New DNA base editing platform holds potential for reversing the most common class of disease-associated DNA point mutations. Scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have developed a new class of genome editing tool. This …

crisprGene defect fixed in 8 out of 20 cloned embryos, heralds future of gene fixes and enhancement

A team in China has taken a new approach to fixing disease genes in human embryos. The researchers created cloned embryos with a genetic mutation for a potentially fatal blood disorder, and then precisely corrected the DNA to show how …

diseaseSingle-nucleus RNA sequencing, droplet by droplet

DroNc-Seq — a technology that merges single-nucleus RNA sequencing with microfluidics — brings new scale to gene expression studies in complex tissues. Last year Broad researchers described a single-nucleus RNA sequencing method called sNuc-Seq. This system enabled researchers to study …

DNA99 percent of the microbes inside us are unknown to science

A survey of DNA fragments circulating in the blood suggests the microbes living within us are vastly more diverse than previously known. In fact, 99 percent of that DNA has never been seen before. Of all the non-human DNA fragments …

crisprCrispr gene editing for healthier food and major medical advances

Recently the University of California, Berkeley welcomed about 300 people—scientists, CEOs, farmers, regulators, conservationists, and interested citizens to discuss CRISPR-CAS9 genetic modification. Agricultural Genetic modifications of the past were to commodity crops like corn and soy to improve their pest …

crisprCRISPR is used to eliminate toxic RNA which could treat RNA related diseases

CRISPR DNA editing is allowing correction of many diseases. But many other diseases are linked to RNA. Biotech startup Locana is using the power of CRISPR to develop treatments for disease caused by RNA. They use a technique for tracking …