The Science Behind the Headlines

CRISPR’s GENOME DETECTIVES

CRISPR’s GENOME DETECTIVES

CRISPR’s GENOME DETECTIVES   Last week, we reviewed how CRISPR works and its potential to revolutionize genetic therapies. Here we look at how scientists have started using this technology to develop new diagnostics. Media attention has been focusing almost...

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CRISPR to the People

CRISPR to the People

CRISPR: SNIPPING AWAY AT DISEASE   CRISPR genome editing is one of the most exciting developments in biotechnology since its discovery a few years ago. Bacteria use this mechanism to destroy the DNA of invading viruses. Scientists subsequently discovered CRISPR’s...

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Biotech for Non-Scientists

Viruses To The Rescue?

Viruses To The Rescue?

Viruses to the Rescue? Last week, a paper in Nature Medicine described a British teenager whom doctors pulled back from the brink of death. The young woman had developed a deadly, antibiotic-resistant infection following lung surgery. The treatment? Phage therapy, in...

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An Egg-cellent Idea

An Egg-cellent Idea

An Egg-cellent Idea "The incredible, edible egg." This advertising slogan created for the American Egg Board in the 1970s rings truer than ever. Here’s why: scientists at the Roslin Institute (Midlothian, Scotland), part of the University of Edinburgh, recently...

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Medical Devices & Diagnostics

An Epigenetic Liquid Biopsy

An Epigenetic Liquid Biopsy

A New Type of Liquid Biopsy Biopsy. It can bring to mind painful cutting, punching and poking. Thankfully, these important and potentially life-saving procedures have moved into the new millennium along with the rest of us. Liquid biopsies have become a hot area of...

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