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It'll be all white: Scientists create albino lizards

Aug 28, 2019 - 12:31 PM

In a paper describing the breakthrough in the journal Cell Press, researchers say it could help us better understand vision problems in humans with albinism

This undated handout photo obtained August 27, 2019 courtesy of Doug Menke and the University of Georgia shows an albino lizard. A powerful gene-editing technology known as CRISPR has led to a number of breakthroughs in recent years in mice, plants and humans, but getting the technology to work on reptiles had proved impossible because of key differences in how they reproduce. A team of scientists at the University of Georgia have now overcome these challenges to successfully make index finger sized albino anole lizards, and say it could help us better understand vision problems in humans with albinism."For quite some time we've been wrestling with how to modify reptile genomes and manipulate genes in reptiles, but we've been stuck in the mode of how gene editing is being done in the major model systems" said Doug Menke, co-author of a paper that described the work in Cell Press on August 27, 2019. Doug MENKE / The University of Georgia / AFP

China's second gene-edited fetus is 12-14 weeks old

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:14 AM

State media in China report that a preliminary investigation confirms that a second woman became pregnant and that she will be put under medical observation

The dawn of the age of the genetically fashionable

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What He Jiankui has done is the genetic version of the 'like' game on social media

China halts activities of baby gene-editing scientist

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Chinese science and technology vice minister Xu Nanping says the 'gene-edited babies incident as reported by media blatantly violated our country's relevant laws and regulations'

In this picture taken on November 28, 2018, Chinese scientist He Jiankui reacts during a panel discussion after his speech at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong. A scientist who upended a Hong Kong conference with his claim to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies cancelled a fresh talk and was heavily criticised by organisers on November 29, who labelled him as irresponsible. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

China scientist defends gene-editing babies but pauses trial

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:49 PM

The Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies says he is 'proud' of the highly controversial procedure but says the trial is halted because of the international outcry

Chinese scientist He Jiankui speaks at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong on November 28, 2018. Organisers of a conference that has been upended by gene-edited baby revelations are holding their breath as to what He, the controversial scientist at the centre of the "breakthrough", will say when he takes the stage on November 28. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Gene-editing damages DNA more than previously thought – study

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The research shows 'changes in the DNA have been seriously underestimated before now,' says Allan Bradley of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, who co-authored a study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology

Disease gene 'edited' in human embryos in scientific first

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:29 AM

The researchers successful use of the CRISPR gene editing tool in viable embryos was hailed as a technical feat by outside experts who called at the same time for deeper debate on the ethics of altering human DNA

Gene editing mulled for improving livestock

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:19 AM

Scientists and consumer groups say there is not enough evidence yet to shed light on the potential risks of gene editing particularly regarding its trickle down effects on the environment and the ecosystem

This photo taken on August 11, 2013 shows cows standing patiently as they are milked on a dairy farm near Cambridge in New Zealand's Waikato region. William West/AFP

Will gene editing end the worldwide problem of malaria?

Oct 10, 2016 - 4:47 PM

Gene editing Biotechnology may bring about an end to malaria but will it have unforeseen effects down the line?

MOQUITO RESEARCH. Lab technicians conducting mosquito research at Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. Photo from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website.

Life-altering science moves fast, sparking debate

Sep 06, 2016 - 4:51 PM

Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes ability to carry disease are pushing ahead raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world

Americans worry about 'super-human' technologies – poll

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:41 PM

When asked about gene editing which could reduce the risk of serious disease in babies at risk 68 of Americans say they would be very or somewhat worried

Gene-editing is Science mag's breakthrough of 2015

Dec 18, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Many are excited about the superior ability of CRISPR to deliver a gene to the right spot compared to its genome editing competitors – as well as the technique s low cost and ease of use says the journal Science