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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 […]

Vertex will pay Editas Medicine and the Broad Institute millions for rights to their CRISPR patent

Vertex will pay Editas Medicine and the Broad Institute millions for rights to their CRISPR patent

The patent on CRISPR has been the fulcrum off a decade-long legal fight after the Broad Institute, a research center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, snatched rights to the most important uses of the gene-editing tool in 2014.   Broad’s patent claims have been opposed by the University of California, Berkeley, which says researchers Jennifer Doudna and […]

The lucky break behind the first CRISPR treatment

The lucky break behind the first CRISPR treatment

The association technique hasn’t always paid off—but starting in 2007, the gene searches hit pay dirt for sickle-cell. In one study, for instance, a team in Italy studied DNA from thousands of Sardinians (some of whom had beta-thalassemia, another hemoglobin disorder, which is shockingly common on the island) as well from Americans with sickle-cell. When […]