“Without these mechanisms we would probably not exist and would certainly all die young,” said Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Biology in regards to the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded on October 7, 2015 to Tomas Lindahl, Aziz Sancar, and Paul Modrich for their studies on DNA repair. DNA requires faithful […]Read more "Nobel Prize Goes to Work that is Essential for Life"
“Designer babies,” the curated and industrialized meme of what genetic engineering might be continues to captivate the public’s perception of the future of human genetics. But despite all the hype, the technology is nowhere close. Or is it? The advent of CRISPR/Cas9 gene engineering is revolutionizing biologists’ ability to “easily” edit the genomes of many species previously […]Read more "“Designer Babies” are a Distraction from the Real Debate: Prenatal Genetic Screening"
When genetic engineering is mentioned, noble goals of feeding the world with more productive crops or curing terminal illnesses through gene therapy may come to mind. But some Chinese scientists recently embarked upon a less noble, although much cuter application: genetically edited pet micropigs. The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) in Shenzhen announced that it plans to […]Read more "Pigs are Hogging the GMO Show"