UK Scientists permitted to use CRISPR technology to edit genes in human embryos

Today it was announced that scientists in the Francis Crick Institute in the UK would be allowed to use CRISPR-Cas9 technology to edit the genome in human embryos. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding CRISPR technology (apart from patent … Continue reading

DIY biohackers using CRISPR for complex genome editing not as scary as it sounds #science @NatureNews

Nature has published a news article by Heidi Ledford about the use of CRISPR by recreational biohackers, people who are do-it-yourself biologists for many different reasons (art, fun, culinary). As a genome editing technique, CRIPSR definitely has interesting applications for both … Continue reading

Awesome @radiolab episode on CRISPR and Cas9 DNA editing!! #science

Check out this podcast episode from Radiolab focusing on CRISPR and its potential applications. [tweet] Out drinking with a few biologists, Jad finds out about something called CRISPR. No, it’s not a robot or the latest dating app, it’s a method … Continue reading

More controversy in the CRISPR/Cas9 debate. Editing DNA in human embryos: Good or Bad idea?

As mentioned previously, a moratorium has been called on the new gene editing technique using the CRISPR/Cas9 system due to ethical concerns over altering genes.  Essentially, biologists fear that this technique will be used in cilinical applications before the safety … Continue reading

More info on the debate of CRISPR and genome editing – @US_conversation

Explainer: CRISPR technology brings precise genetic editing – and raises ethical questions Shouguang Jin, University of Florida A group of leading biologists earlier this month called for a halt to the use of a powerful new gene editing technique on … Continue reading