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Donated bodies are powering gene-edited organ research

Donated bodies are powering gene-edited organ research

This time the experiment lasted only 72 hours, as that’s about how long a pig liver would be needed to support a real patient. Hasz says other families might be comfortable with longer experiments, but probably not anything indefinite: “We can maintain a body with mechanical support once they are declared medically and legally dead, […]

Gene editing had a banner year in 2023

Gene editing had a banner year in 2023

It really shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Perhaps no technology has more power to transform medicine, and its vast potential is just beginning to be realized. Gene editing can be used to delete, insert, or alter portions of our genetic code. We’ve been able to modify DNA for years, but newer technologies like CRISPR […]

Three people were gene-edited in an effort to cure their HIV. The result is unknown.

Three people were gene-edited in an effort to cure their HIV. The result is unknown.

Vaccine makers have also struggled because HIV kills the very immune cells meant to stop infection. But a decade ago, Khalili says, he realized that CRISPR might offer a way to cure the infection without involving the immune system: by deleting the virus’s genes from their hiding places. “If the viral gene is in your […]

The creators of a new large language model called BLOOM want to democratize AI

The creators of a new large language model called BLOOM want to democratize AI

The news: A volunteer in New Zealand has become the first person to undergo DNA editing in order to lower their blood cholesterol, a step that may foreshadow wide use of the technology to prevent heart attacks. How did they do it?: The experiment involved injecting a version of the gene-editing tool CRISPR in order […]

The creator of the CRISPR Babies has been released from a Chinese prison

The creator of the CRISPR Babies has been released from a Chinese prison

The existence of the CRISPR baby project was uncovered by MIT Technology Review on the eve of an international genome-editing summit in Hong Kong, held in November 2018. Following our report, He immediately posted several videos on YouTube announcing the birth of the twins, who he called Lula and Nana. The experiment was met with […]

Conception: How Silicon Valley hatched a plan to turn blood into lab-made human eggs

A few years ago, a young man from California’s technology scene began popping up in the world’s leading developmental biology labs. These labs were deciphering the secrets of embryos and had a particular interest in how eggs are formed. Some thought if they discovered that recipe, they would be able to copy it and transmute […]

An albino opossum proves CRISPR works for marsupials, too

While kangaroos and koalas are more well-known, researchers who study marsupials often use opossums in lab experiments, since they’re smaller and easier to care for. Gray short-tailed opossums, the species used in the study, are related to the white-faced North American opossums, but they’re smaller and don’t have a pouch. The researchers at Riken used […]