gene therapy

futureGeorge Church predicts genetic reading and writing will improve another 1000 to 1 million times

DNA Reading has improved 3 million fold and writing of DNA has improved a billion-fold from 1980 to today. George Church predicts genetic reading and writing will improve another 1000 to 1 million times. They eliminated one codon (out of …

crisprCrispr gene therapy fixes disease in a human embryo

Chinese scientists used CRISPR gene therapy to correct a mutation that causes Marfan syndrome, an incurable connective tissue disorder that affects about 1 in 5,000 people. A single letter mistake in the gene for FBN1, which codes for the fibrillin …

antiagingOisin Biotechnologies could be on the verge of cancer and antiaging breakthroughs

Clearing old “zombie” cells from the human body has been shown to extend the lives of mice. When cells detect that they have been irreversibly damaged, they enter a non-dividing condition known as cell-cycle arrest, or senescence. It’s believed this …

antiagingGene therapy to remove old cells is extending the life of older mice

Oisin Biotechnology is a leader in removing senescent cells for antiaging. They have shown p16 positive senescent cells can be killed on demand in both in vitro and in vivo environments. Now they have started on experiments that will show …

cancerCancer cells engineered to trigger a death switch in other cancer cells

Roving cancer tumor cells have been genetically engineered to secrete a protein that triggers a death switch in resident tumor cells they encounter. The cancer-fighting cancer cells also have a built-in suicide switch — so the weaponized cells self-destruct before …

foodCRISPR gene therapy produce rice with 25-31% higher yield

A team of scientists from Purdue University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has used CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology to develop a variety of rice that produces 25-31 percent more grain and would have been virtually impossible to create through traditional …

gene therapyCreating real life superheroes

Professor, author, and comic book enthusiast E. Paul Zehr looks at how near term technology could be used to create Marvel’s Captain America. Chasing Captain America explores what the real limits of being human are, how far we should bend …

gene therapyCreating real life superheroes

Professor, author, and comic book enthusiast E. Paul Zehr looks at how near term technology could be used to create Marvel’s Captain America. Chasing Captain America explores what the real limits of being human are, how far we should bend …

canadaBridged nucleic acids in CRISPR RNAs improves CRISPR gene therapy accuracy by 10,000 times

Canadian research (Alberta) shows that the use of bridged nucleic acids to guide Cas9 can improve its specificity by over 10,000 times in certain instances — a dramatic improvement. Basil Hubbard, Canada Research Chair in Molecular Therapeutics and an assistant …

crisprGene therapy treatment for blood disease approved in Europe

Genetically modification of humans has been been approved for the first time in Europe. Swiss-based biotech company Crispr Therapeutics hope to find a way of curing blood disease beta thalassaemia. China has approved similar gene therapy trials. A trial into …