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The industrial application of biological processes, particularly DNA technology and genetic engineering.



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We need to talk about... CRISPR

21 August 2017 - by Giulia Cavaliere

Picture this - it's the last day in the office before the summer holidays, you're looking forward to some sunshine and warmth, email auto-response set, and all ready to go. Then, all of a sudden: the news... [Read More]

How new 'molecular scissors' may give crisper CRISPR

10 July 2017 - by Rikita Patel

Researchers have revealed the structure and action of a new type of 'molecular scissors' known as Cpf1, which may improve CRISPR genome editing.

Biotech companies criticise CRISPR mutation study

19 June 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Two major biotech companies have criticised a recent study that claimed CRISPR may cause hundreds of unwanted mutations... [Read More]

Donor-conceived people do benefit from being told about their conception

30 May 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw, Iolanda Rodino, and Dr Petra Thorn

Professor Guido Pennings' provocatively entitled BioNews commentary 'Donor children do not benefit from being told about their conception' purports to highlight the shortcomings of existing research supporting a pro-disclosure agenda and castigates counsellors and researchers who advocate parental disclosure... [Read More]

FDA approves home genetic tests for 10 diseases

10 April 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first genetic test to estimate an individual's risk of disease that can be sold directly to consumers... [Read More]

Broad Institute CRISPR patents upheld

20 February 2017 - by Ryan Ross

The US Patent and Trademark Office has upheld the right of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to the genome-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9... [Read More]

US scientists create first human-pig embryo chimeras

30 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

The first early human–pig embryo chimeras have been created by researchers at the Salk Institute, California... [Read More]

Book Review: Redesigning Life – How Genome Editing will Transform the World

07 November 2016 - by Annabel Slater

Dr John Parrington thinks the ethics of genome editing should be shaped by scientifically informed public debate, and he hopes his book will provide a starting point... [Read More]

Old drugs: new eggs?

07 November 2016 - by Bethany Muller and Dr Roger Sturmey

Ten years ago, the claim that treatment with cancer drugs can 'grow new eggs' would have been met with incredulity. But a recent study has raised the possibility that ovarian stem cells may be capable of providing new eggs in later life... [Read More]

Fourteen genes predict cancer response to therapy

05 September 2016 - by Meetal Solanki

A major study into cancer has uncovered fourteen genes which could predict how a patient will respond to tumour treatments, particularly chemotherapy and radiation... [Read More]

Chinese scientists to begin first human CRISPR trial

25 July 2016 - by Rachel Siden

Chinese scientists plan to start the first-ever clinical trial of CRISPR genome-editing technology in humans – on patients with lung cancer – this August... [Read More]

US Supreme Court blocks review of Sequenom patent appeal

04 July 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by the biotech company Sequenom against a ruling that its prenatal blood test was not patent eligible... [Read More]

Radio Review: Dangerous Visions - Brave New World

06 June 2016 - by Susan Tranfield

The latest episode in Radio 4's Dangerous Visions series is a new adaptation of Aldhous Huxley's iconic dystopian novel, set just 100 years in the future... [Read More]

Video Review: TED talk - Should you be able to patent a human gene?

14 March 2016 - by Ryan Ross

Tania Simoncelli's narrates the story of the successful legal challenge against Myriad Genetics' BRCA patents, but may have missed an opportunity to consider the broader impact of gene patenting... [Read More]

Row breaks out over 'official history' of CRISPR

25 January 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An article published in the journal Cell, providing an account of the discovery of the genome-editing technology CRISPR, has sparked fierce disagreement between the leading scientists involved in developing the technology.... [Read More]

US starts formal investigation into CRISPR patents

18 January 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The CRISPR 'patent wars' have now officially kicked off in the USA, with formal proceedings to determine who controls key patents over the revolutionary genome-editing technology... [Read More]

CRISPR/Cas patent wars have begun at the European Patent Office

23 November 2015 - by Dr James Legg

On 26 October this year the CRISPR/Cas patent wars truly began with the filing of European oppositions against what appears to be the first patent granted in Europe for this revolutionary gene-editing technology.... [Read More]

Biotech company Editas to begin human gene editing in 2017

16 November 2015 - by Ari Haque

A US biotechnology start-up co-founded by two pioneers of CRISPR technology intends to begin gene editing in humans as part of an experimental treatment to target a rare genetic eye disorder... [Read More]

Gene-editing treatment successful in baby with advanced leukaemia

09 November 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck

An experimental cell-based treatment using gene editing, previously only tested on mice, has successfully reversed advanced leukaemia in a one-year-old girl... [Read More]

Event Review: Synthetic Life - How Far Could It Go? How Far Should It Go?

26 October 2015 - by Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar

'The future of humanity is at stake tonight,' said one of the panel members prior to the Royal Institution's debate on the future of synthetic biology. There's probably some truth to that... [Read More]

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