Tagged genetics

CRISPR-Cas9: Harbinger of Human Gene Editing and Its Ethical Turmoil

Last April, a group of geneticists at Sun Yat-sen University in China published a paper describing their attempt to alter the genomes of human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful new gene editing technology. The embryos possessed mutant copies of beta-globin, a gene that normally helps produce hemoglobin but in its mutant form causes beta-thalassemia, a…

Microbes and Me

We are—on both the cellular and genetic level—more bacteria than human. There are 100 times more genes in our bodies coding for the microorganisms in our intestines than our own human genes. Imagine the potential for opening new doors to medical discovery through manipulating the ecosystem of microorganisms flourishing within us. When we eat natural…

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