Boom in gene-editing raises ethics debate

/ Oct 24, 2015

Boom in gene-editing raises ethics debate

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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 ...

Egg or sperm? Japan finds gene that makes the call

/ Jun 12, 2015

Egg or sperm? Japan finds gene that makes the call

Providing insight into the sometimes mysterious biology of reproduction, researchers in Japan have identified a gene that controls whether the reproductive precursor cells known as germ cells eventually become sperm or eggs. The scientists described experiments on a small fish called the medaka, or ...

Japanese scientists find a genetic basis for gout

/ Feb 5, 2015

Japanese scientists find a genetic basis for gout

Researchers have identified a genetic predisposition for gout that puts certain people at a greater risk of contracting the painful condition. Analyses of genes of 1,600 Japanese male gout patients and 1,300 healthy Japanese men found a heightened risk among people with gene variations ...