Boom in gene-editing raises ethics debate

Oct 24, 2015

Boom in gene-editing raises ethics debate


The hottest tool in biology has scientists using words like revolutionary as they describe the long-term potential: wiping out certain mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating genetic diseases like sickle cell, preventing babies from inheriting a life-threatening disorder. It may sound like science fiction, but ...

Jul 24, 2015

Team finds microorganisms at deepest-accessed area of Earth

A team of researchers, including Japanese, has found microbial communities inhabiting what is believed to be the deepest area of the Earth accessed to date, the team said. Using the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology’s Chikyu deep-sea drilling vehicle, the microorganisms were ...

Jul 9, 2015

Progress reported in using gene therapy for deafness

Gene therapy for deafness is moving closer to reality, with new research on Wednesday showing the technique for fixing faulty DNA can improve responses in mice with genetic hearing loss. Separately, a clinical trial backed by Novartis is under way to help a different ...