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World’s Smallest Tape Recorder Is Built From Microbes

Nov 27, 2017

Using CRISPR-Cas9, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have converted a natural bacterial immune system into a microscopic data recorder, laying the groundwork for a new class of technologies that use bacterial cells for everything from disease diagnosis to environmental monitoring.

CRISPR Has Sparked a Research Revolution

May 31, 2017

CRISPR is allowing scientists to make great strides in many fields in the relatively short time it's been in use. Advances have been made in medicine, nutrition, biology, and more.

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What Is CRISPR? Genome editing explained

Apr 21, 2017

CRISPR technology is a simple yet powerful tool for editing genomes. It allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function. Its many potential applications include correcting genetic defects, treating and preventing the spread of diseases and improving crops. However, its promise also raises ethical concerns.
In popular usage, "CRISPR" (pronounced "crisper") is shorthand for "CRISPR-Cas9." CRISPRs are specialized stretches of DNA. The protein Cas9 (or "CRISPR-associated") is an enzyme that acts like a pair of molecular scissors, capable of cutting strands of DNA.

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Broad Institute prevails in heated dispute over CRISPR patents

Feb 15, 2017

The US patent office ruled on Wednesday that hotly disputed patents on the revolutionary genome-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 belong to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, dealing a blow to the University of California in its efforts to overturn those patents.

National Academy of Sciences Human Genome Editing Report

Feb 14, 2017

Clinical trials for genome editing of the human germline – adding, removing, or replacing DNA base pairs in gametes or early embryos – could be permitted in the future, but only for serious conditions under stringent oversight, says a new report from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. The report outlines several criteria that should be met before allowing germline editing clinical trials to go forward.

What is CRISPR-Cas9?

Dec 19, 2016

CRISPR-Cas9 is a unique technology that enables geneticists and medical researchers to edit parts of the genome by removing, adding or altering sections of the DNA sequence. 

Bio Tech

What exactly is genetically modified food?

Nov 22, 2016

You’ve probably seen and heard a lot about genetically modified food in recent months: on the news, among friends, even as a label on the food you eat. But for all the information and opinions out there, there’s still very little explanation about what exactly genetically modified organisms are. To get a good answer, it’s helpful to talk with someone who actually makes them.
Matthew Willmann is director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Plant Transformation Facility at Cornell University. He is someone who makes genetically engineered plants. Not for food and not for commercial purposes—Willmann currently uses biotechnology to modify crops for research only.

Biodiversity and Food Security by Susan McCouch

Aug 16, 2016

In this video seminar, Susan McCouch , Rice Genetics Lab, Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics at Cornell University, explains how genomics can help ups better understand rice.

CRISPR 101: A crash course on the revolutionary gene editing tool that’s changing the world

Aug 13, 2016

For something that’s been called “a household name for molecular biologists,” many of you have probably never heard of CRISPR, and don’t know why you should be excited (or, possibly, terrified). It’s all about advanced gene therapy and splicing – and it’s bringing sci-fi ideas straight into reality. Here’s a quick FAQ on the science behind CRISPR and why the world is paying such close attention.