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In the News: Clinical use of CRISPR takes a step forward

This week, the Recombinant DNA Research Advisory Committee, an advisory body to the US National Institutes of Health, gave its go-ahead to the first clinical trial of the gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 in humans. While the trial must still be … Continue reading

In the News: Synthetic Genomes, Gene Drives, and Human-Pig Chimeras

  A number of developments in the past few weeks brought to the forefront various issues related to the ethical and social implications of novel genetic technologies, public engagement in science, and democratic deliberation about controversial research. On June 2nd, a … Continue reading

In the news: First optogenetics trial in humans to go ahead

You might have caught the reference to something called “optogenetics” in a January episode of the hit CBS series Limitless. Next month, a clinical trial in Texas will test whether optogenetics can restore vision to individuals with the degenerative disease retinitis pigmentosa. … Continue reading

In the news: Error in study of ancient African genome led to incorrect conclu...

A few months ago we blogged about the publication of the first genome sequence from an ancient African, in which the authors concluded that an ancient “back migration” of humans from the Middle East into Africa had left traces of … Continue reading

In the news: Gene drive-based control of disease-carrying mosquitoes edges cl...

Two studies published in the past month marked significant advances in the potential for using gene drives to curb the spread of infectious diseases by targeting their insect carriers. A gene drive is a genetic system that allows a genetic … Continue reading

pgEd Congressional briefing in the news

pgEd’s fourth Congressional briefing, held on Nov. 17 with panelists Diana Bianchi, Jennifer Doudna and George Church, was a great success. With a standing-room only crowd of over 150 in the audience, there were lively discussions about both the science … Continue reading

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