After briefly fading from the media spotlight, CRISPR, the genome-engineering tool that caused widespread consternation at the end of 2015, when a Chinese group first reported applying the technique in (non-viable) human embryos, is staging a comeback in
When we decided to crowdsource a review of the year from the synthetic biology community we weren’t sure what the response would be – but it has been fantastic! So good in fact, that we
How to better control or eradicate deadly infections using transgenesis or genome editing technologies?
by Gaetan Burgio Deadly infectious diseases, such as those transmitted through mosquitoes, are a huge threat to the human population. The rapid pace in the development of transgenesis technologies and genome editing over the last few
by Aakriti Jain The CRISPR-Cas9 DNA editing tool is arguably one of the most revolutionary tools in biotechnology, the applications of which range from biofuels to medicine. Until now, a caveat of the tool was the
If there was really any hope that the new gene-editing techniques would be accepted as benign by anti-GMO activists, it has vanished. Second in a series of posts by Tabitha M. Powledge. Last week I
By Tabitha M. Powledge Two papers published in the last week were signal events for agricultural genomics. First was the draft of the huge, and hugely complex, genome of bread wheat, the staff of life for