CRISPR Babies

CRISPR Babies

CRISPR Babies Earlier this week, a research team at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, announced the birth of twin girls whose genomes had been edited using CRISPR/Cas9. The work was done at an in vitrofertilization clinic prior to...
MICROBIOME ADVENTURES, PART 2

MICROBIOME ADVENTURES, PART 2

FURTHER ADVENTURES IN OUR INNER SPACE The most recent Biotech Primer WEEKLY looked at a particularly productive new area of medicine courtesy of our own tiny personal zoo: the microbiome. We considered how resetting a person’s microbiome with a fecal matter transplant...
The Microbiome Magnified

The Microbiome Magnified

You’ll Never Walk Alone Ready for a fascinating, “earthy” truth about ourselves? Our every surface and crevice teems with microbes—inside and out. In fact, bacterial cells in and on our body outnumber human cells by about ten to one. Most people walk around...