Jan 16, 2016

Gene-editing technique heals mice with muscular dystrophy

Researchers have succeeded for the first time in reversing a degenerative illness in mice, using a revolutionary gene-editing technique that one day may help cure similar diseases in humans. Three studies published recently in the journal Science said researchers employed a technique known as ...

Dec 4, 2015

Summit urges limit on genome editing

Human cells or embryos that undergo a process of gene-editing must not be used to establish a pregnancy, an international scientific panel said Thursday, urging strict limits on the controversial research. The statement by the organizing committee for the International Summit on Human Gene ...

Dec 2, 2015

Scientists debate morality of editing babies' genes

Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering — a promise of cures for intractable diseases along with anxiety about designer babies. Hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world gathered Tuesday in ...

Dec 1, 2015

Chinese cloning pioneer has vision of brave new world

The Chinese scientist behind the world’s biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he said, and is only holding off for fear of public reaction. Boyalife Group and its partners are building the giant plant in the northern Chinese port of ...

Study finds minuscule water bears are huge DNA thieves

Nov 27, 2015

Study finds minuscule water bears are huge DNA thieves

The minuscule but nearly indestructible tardigrade gets a huge chunk of its genome from the DNA of foreign organisms, which scientists say may hold the key to its survival. Also known as water bears or moss piglets due to their morphology, these micro-animals live ...