Editing human embryos is genetics' new battleground

by jeeg 16. March 2015 21:04
  Replacing faulty genes in early human embryos and germ cells is within our grasp. Such changes affect DNA in the nucleus and so would be heritable; ultimately, they could be used to make a genetically modified baby. There are already reports that groups in China, the US and the biotech in... [More]

Working Out the Bugs in Genetic Mosquito Plan

by jeeg 4. March 2015 23:48
Five years ago when Key West, FL, had its dengue outbreak, the regional mosquito-control agency stepped up truck and aerial spraying using larvicide and handheld adulticide foggers and ovitraps, even going door-to-door to find mosquito breeding sites. Now, the Florida Keys Mosqu... [More]

Britain becomes first nation to legalise three-parent babies

by jeeg 25. February 2015 23:18
  Britain will become the first nation to legalise a "three-parent" IVF technique which doctors say can prevent some inherited incurable diseases but which critics fear will effectively lead to "designer babies". After more than three hours of debate, lawmakers in parliament's upper house v... [More]

Scientists claim breakthrough in taming genetically modified E.coli bacteria

by jeeg 22. January 2015 20:32
  Scientists have come up with a way to make genetically modified bacteria incapable of running wild in the natural world, according to two reports published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The secret is to make these microbes dependent on artificial food — synthetic amino acids that ... [More]

UK may allow embryos with DNA from 3 parents

by jeeg 17. December 2014 23:45
  New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people   in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the department of hea... [More]

Huntington man deals with mitochondrial disease as preventive measures debated

by jeeg 4. August 2014 22:31
  Ted Tiller gets around his Huntington home in a wheelchair, battling a rare disease that has left him with weakened legs, brain lesions and failing vision. Since 2009, Tiller, 23, has suffered from mitochondrial disease, a debilitating, often-fatal condition that affects how energy in the... [More]

Three-parent embryos a step closer to reality after UK Government declares them safe

by jeeg 4. June 2014 19:41
  The prospect of creating IVF embryos with genetic contributions from three people has come a step closer with the Government’s fertility watchdog concluding that there are no scientific reasons to believe that the technique is unsafe. An exhaustive review of the scient... [More]

Watch CRG Board Chair Sheldon Krimsky Discuss Human Genetic Engineering at the World Science Festival

by jeeg 2. June 2014 19:23
  World Science Festival presents: Designer Genes: Fashion Our Biological Future   Moderator: Emily Senay Participants: George Church, Nita A. Farahany, Jamie A. Grifo, Sheldon Krimsky, Paula Amato   Perhaps the most complicated code in the universe is the one sitting inside o... [More]

Watch CRG Board Chair Sheldon Krimsky Discuss "Designer Genes" at Tomorrow's World Science Festival

by jeeg 29. May 2014 20:49
  World Science Festival presents: Designer Genes: Fashion Our Biological Future   May 30, 2014 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm Hunter College Kaye Playhouse New York City   Moderator: Emily Senay Participants: George Church, Nita A. Farahany, Jamie A. Grifo, Sheldon Krimsky, ... [More]

A Baby with Three Parents?-CRG in the News

by jeeg 20. May 2014 02:14
  Danielle Messer is already a mother of two, but she wants another baby pretty badly. “Pretty badly might be an understatement,” Messer told America Tonight from her home in Kentucky. “I wanted a bigger family. I wanted a girl, really bad.” But the 36-year-old says... [More]
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