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What are genome editing and CRISPR-Cas9?

Genome editing (also called gene editing) is a set of technologies that enable scientists to change the genetic code in the living cells of an organism. They make it possible to make specific changes to a particular location in the genome in a controlled way. One of the approaches is known as CRISPR-Cas9. The “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats and CRISPR-associated protein 9”, or CRISPR-Cas9 for short, was discovered by a team of CRISPR pioneers led by biochemists Emmanuelle Charpentier...

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Cultured meat: A whole different animal?

Synthetic meat grown in-vitro in a petri dish, rather than gained from slaughtered animals, has a number of advantages and could be a game-changer in combating global hunger as well as climate change. Given recent advances, cultured meat technology and cellular agriculture could be mature and market-ready within just a few years. Humans have been eating meat for nearly two million years. In the early days of our species, we supported ourselves as scavengers and hunter-gatherers before gradually refining our skills...

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First in vivo CRISPR medicine administered to patients in clinical trial

On 4 March 2020, the collaborating companies Allergan plc and Editas Medicine, Inc. announced the dosing of the first patient with the CRISPR-based medicine AGN-151587 (EDIT-101) in a phase 1/2 clinical trial (BRILLIANCE trial).[1]   Treatment for Leber Congenital Amaurosis 10 AGN-151587 (EDIT-101) is an experimental CRISPR-based medicine currently under development. The medicine is delivered via sub-retinal injection under development for the treatment of Leber congenital amaurosis...

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Lessons learned in China may help others in combating coronavirus

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was first recorded in mid-December 2019 in Wuhan, China. However, it was not until 20 January 2020 that the Chinese authorities officially confirmed incidents of human-to-human transmission and admitted concerns about a major outbreak. Over the following days, both the death toll and the number of infections shot up as one Chinese city after another was locked down. The current coronavirus situation As of mid-March, it appears that China has...

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