Geneticists retract study suggesting first CRISPR babies might die early

Researchers rapidly corrected finding through discussions on social media and preprints. Source Nature A study that raised questions over the future health of the world’s first gene-edited babies has been retracted because of key errors that undermined its conclusion. The research, published in June 2019 in Nature Medicine1, had suggested that people with two copies of a natural genetic mutation

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Carnegie Mellon and Yale Universities Receive NIH Grant To Further innovative, synthetic nucleic acid-based gene editing technique

The peptide nucleic acid-based technique offers an alternative to CRISPR-Cas9 A research team from Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University will advance their innovative, synthetic nucleic acid-based gene editing technique under a new grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Somatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE) Program. “Our PNA technique offers a promising avenue for treating — and possibly curing —

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Pentagon’s research agency wants to use gene editing to protect troops against chemical and biological weapons

Instead of augmenting super-soldiers, DARPA wants to boost troops’ natural defenses against engineered diseases — and even undo gene-editing altogether. The Pentagon’s research agency wants to explore the possibility of editing a soldier’s genetic makeup to protect against chemical and biological attacks. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency director Steven Walker said Monday that he believes

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Gene Editing in Patient-derived Heart Cells May Be Useful in FA

Removal of the genetic defect that causes Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) in heart cells derived from a patient with heart disease associated with FA reversed the cells’ abnormal molecular profile, a study shows. This gene-editing strategy could be a useful tool for regenerative medicine aimed at treating heart defects associated with the condition. The study, “Excision of the

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