Genetically modified super cows are resistant to tuberculosis

Genetically modified super cows are resistant to tuberculosis

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year in the UK over 36,000 cattle that contract TB are culled, but now that might end up being a thing of the past.   Tuna and pigs recently got their own slice of emerging technology action by getting their own blockchains, but now...

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Scientists might have found a way to turn Parkinsons on and off

Scientists might have found a way to turn Parkinsons on and off

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF From Parkinsons to Alzheimers, there are millions of people suffering from brain related disorders, now a new field of medicine, called Neuromodulation might let doctors turn these conditions on and off, for good.   Dr. Andres Lozano at the University of Toronto is one of...

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World first as scientists use two new DNA letters to create new “alien” life form

World first as scientists use two new DNA letters to create new “alien” life form

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Life’s DNA has always been coded using just four letters, but now researchers have added two new letters and it opens the door to a whole new world of alien lifeforms never seen before.   Ever since life gained a foothold on this fragile rock...

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Devastating bioweapon or humanity’s saviour? UN green lights the ‘Gene Drive’

Devastating bioweapon or humanity’s saviour? UN green lights the ‘Gene Drive’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s most powerful genetic technology – one that could cure disease, and at the same time wipe out entire species in the blink of an eye – has just been green lighted by the UN, and now the genies about to come out of...

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Scientists turn CRISPR into a genetic chainsaw to solve the antibiotics crisis

Scientists turn CRISPR into a genetic chainsaw to solve the antibiotics crisis

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Antibiotic resistance is growing to epidemic proportions but now scientists have shown that they can kill infectious bacteria with a new “Genetic chainsaw”   About 10 years ago, Rodolphe Barrangou, a transplanted Frenchman with a Ph.D. in genomics from North Carolina State University (NCSU), chose the...

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New gene editing technique switches off cells ability to repair themselves

New gene editing technique switches off cells ability to repair themselves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When scientists edit DNA sometimes the cells natural repair mechanism undoes the modification, this new technique prevents that from happening and reduces the side effects of genetic modification   CRISPR, the revolutionary gene editing tool that’s also been dubbed the “Genesis Engine” because of its...

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UK approves designer babies and the first will be born in 2017

UK approves designer babies and the first will be born in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By authorising the creation of so called designer babies UK regulators are permitting doctors to use new gene therapy treatments to save, and change, lives, but without proper oversight we could quickly enter the wild west.   Last year the UK changed its laws in order...

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The ultimate bioweapon, scientists have developed an Extinction Gene

The ultimate bioweapon, scientists have developed an Extinction Gene

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists now have the knowledge and the tools they need to create, and deliver, Doomsday genes which can selectively target and exterminate entire species.   Here’s a question that occurs only to madmen and geneticists… How do you get a gene that kills a species...

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Chinese researchers trial the worlds first cancer vaccine on humans

Chinese researchers trial the worlds first cancer vaccine on humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The CRISPR gene editing technique is being used to create everything from new forms of life that are resistant to every known virus on Earth to vaccines for cancer, it will, and is already, revolutionising life and wellbeing   In July this year a team...

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Researchers cut HIV genes out of living cells using CRISPR

Researchers cut HIV genes out of living cells using CRISPR

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day researchers hope they can do the same in Humans.   In a world first, scientists led by Kamel Khalili, director of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at Temple University, report in the journal Gene Therapy that they have for the first time successfully eliminated...

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Geneticists are creating a new form of life that is resistant to all known viruses

Geneticists are creating a new form of life that is resistant to all known viruses

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Geneticists are now capable of creating new forms of life that are completely resistant to all known viruses.   Geneticists have made a step forward in ‘recoding’ the genome as we know it, replacing 62,214 DNA base pairs in a synthetic E. coli genome and...

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Rio 2016 introduces tests to hunt for genetically modified athletes

Rio 2016 introduces tests to hunt for genetically modified athletes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the not so distant future drugs cheats will give way to gene cheats, and WADA plans on catching them all – eventually.   Mention Erythropoietin to most people on the street and they won’t have any idea what you’re talking about. It took over...

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China trials a CRISPR vaccine for Cancer on humans

China trials a CRISPR vaccine for Cancer on humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers around the world are racing to be first to create a viable cure for Cancer, now a team in China might beat the US to the punch.   Medicine, and the way that we treat disease, is changing and nowhere is that more self...

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The history of the “Genesis Engine”, CRISPR

The history of the “Genesis Engine”, CRISPR

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have discovered the Genesis Engine, a technology that gives them the keys to the Code of Life.   Spiny grass and scraggly pines creep amid the arts and crafts buildings of the Asilomar Conference Grounds, 100 acres of dune where California’s Monterey Peninsula hammerheads into...

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HIV defeats revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR

HIV defeats revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Questions are appearing over CRISPR’s ability to cure HIV.   HIV can defeat efforts to cripple it with CRISPR gene editing technology, researchers say and furthermore the very act of editing which involves snipping at the virus’s genome may actually introduce mutations that help it to...

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Scientists turn to gene editing to reverse blindness in humans

Scientists turn to gene editing to reverse blindness in humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists are using the revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR, dubbed the “Genesis Engine,” to treat, cure, and reverse a whole range of medical conditions that range from Cancer and HIV to blindness and inherited syndromes and the results so far are staggering.   Hailed as...

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