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How Close Are We, Really, to Curing Cancer with CRISPR?

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By: Christopher Wanjek From: livescience.com Followers of science and health news, particularly those with a terminal illness, may get the impression that the dawn of a new, disease-free era is upon us — and nowhere is this idea more evident than in the latest buzzword in the health sciences, CRISPR. With this tool, a form of genetic engineering, scientists can …

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It’s not time to freak out that Crispr will cause cancer—yet

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By: Katherine Ellen Foley From: qz.com The biotech industry is obsessed with Crispr, the molecular gene-editing technology capable of snipping out undesired bits of genetic material and, sometimes, replacing it with preferred DNA. Theoretically, Crispr capabilities could make curing previously incurable genetic conditions like cystic fibrosis a possibility for the first time. But on Monday (June 11), two new studies published side by sidein Nature Medicine …

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DNA that causes cancer could one day be SNIPPED out of people’s bodies – thanks to amazing new breakthrough

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By: Miriam Stoppart From: mirror.co.uk There always has been good news about cancer, but often it’s ignored or not shouted about. Well, I’m going to be shouting. One of the fascinating innovations I’ve been following for some time is CRISPR technology that can act as tiny molecular scissors and cut out damaged and sometimes cancer-promoting bits of DNA . It’s …

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Gene Editing Could Stop Cancer, Diabetes and Bioterrorism: An Interview With CRISPR Scientist Jennifer Doudna

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By: Jessica Firger From: newsweek.com Earlier this week, a team of scientists, led by a researcher at Oregon Health and Science University, published a paper showing it’s possible to alter human embryo DNA to prevent congenital disease. The study shows that CRISPR-Cas9 is certainly powerful. But in the fanfare and controversy surrounding the news, the public may have lost sight …

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Researchers at the Gene Editing Institute at Christiana Care Health System develop new system to perform precise ‘surgery’ on the human genome

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Molecular biologists at Christiana Care Health System’s Gene Editing Institute have developed a new system that allows them to not only repair damaged DNA within human cells, but also to determine when the DNA repair machinery has introduced unwanted genetic changes alongside, or instead of, the desired repair. A team of researchers led by Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., director of the …

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Cancer-fighting gene-editing tool to begin human trials in China

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From: rt.com It may be banned in the UK, but DNA editing technology will begin trials on humans in China next month in the hope of curing lung cancer. The technique known as ‘Crispr’ acts like a scissors, cutting out unwanted sections of DNA. A team of scientists at Sichuan University’s West China hospital in Chengdu will be the first …