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...
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...
Gene Therapy Cures

Gene Therapy Cures

The Promise of Gene Therapy Unfolds In many ways, 2017 was the year of gene therapy in the United States. Patients and pharmaceutical companies celebrated the approval of not one, but three treatments for otherwise untreatable health conditions. Researchers have been...
A Drop Of Gene Therapy

A Drop Of Gene Therapy

A Walk In The Park For Hemophilia? Imagine tripping over your feet during a leisurely stroll down the sidewalk. Ouch! Your knees are scraped below your shorts and blood starts to drip. A quick wipe from a conveniently pocketed napkin and soon enough, you are the proud...
Genome Editing: Curing HIV?

Genome Editing: Curing HIV?

CURING HIV? HIV destroys its victim’s immune system by infecting T-cells, a type of white blood cell critical for immunity. HIV binds to two different proteins on the T-cell’s surface: CD4 and CCR5. In the late 1990s, scientists identified a population of individuals...