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A scientist who genetically edited babies to be HIV-resistant was just sentenced to 3 years in prison. Here’s how he did it and why scientists around the world are outraged.

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced He Jiankui, the scientist who claimed in 2018 that the first two gene-edited babies had been born, to three years in prison, according to Chinese state media reports. The court sentenced two of He’s colleagues to time in prison as well, concluding that the […]
A scientist who genetically edited babies to be HIV-resistant was just sentenced to 3 years in prison. Here’s how he did it and why scientists around the world are outraged.
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The world’s first gene-edited reptile is a finger-sized albino lizard

Scientists have used Crispr technology to genetically edit a reptile for the first time. A new study describes how the team tweaked the genes of 146 brown anole lizard embryos. The scientists created four albino lizards – each no bigger than a finger when they hatched. The lack of pigmentation […]
The world’s first gene-edited reptile is a finger-sized albino lizard
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The Chinese scientist who claims to have edited babies’ DNA has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. Here’s a timeline of the controversy.

Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who claims to have made the first genetically edited babies in the world using CRISPR technology, has been sentenced to three years in prison. Many scientists, ethicists, and government officials have criticised He, calling his research unethical and dangerous. After presenting his findings at an international […]
The Chinese scientist who claims to have edited babies’ DNA has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. Here’s a timeline of the controversy.
Markets

A troubling link has been found between a cutting-edge gene-editing technology and cancer — and it’s sending biotech stocks tumbling

Two independent studies by Novartis and Karolinska Institute showed that CRISPR-Cas9 may increase the risk for cancer by disrupting function of the essential p53 DNA repair protein. CRISPR Therapeutics‘ stock was down 15.3% Monday morning, while Editas and Intellia, two other companies developing CRISPR-related therapies dropped 7% and 8% respectively. […]
A troubling link has been found between a cutting-edge gene-editing technology and cancer  —  and it’s sending biotech stocks tumbling
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After a $66 billion merger, Monsanto is disappearing — sort of

The German drugmaker and chemical company Bayer has finalised a $US66 billion blockbuster deal to gobble up the agricultural behemoth Monsanto. On Monday, Bayer said it would drop Monsanto’s 117-year-old title. The name drop appears to be part of a strategic move geared at distancing the colossal new company from […]
After a $66 billion merger, Monsanto is disappearing  —  sort of
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A new Monsanto-backed company is on the verge of producing the first fruit made with a blockbuster gene-editing tool that could revolutionise agriculture

In a move aimed at securing its future, Monsanto has invested $US125 million in a gene-editing startup called Pairwise. The alliance could tee up Monsanto, long known for its controversial dealings with farmers and its role in popularising genetically modified organisms, to introduce some of the first produce made using […]
A new Monsanto-backed company is on the verge of producing the first fruit made with a blockbuster gene-editing tool that could revolutionise agriculture
Tech

Everything you need to know about CRISPR gene editing — the easier, cheaper and more efficient way to modify DNA

You’ve probably read stories about new research using the gene editing technique CRISPR, also called CRISPR/Cas9. The scientific world is captivated by this revolutionary technology, since it is easier, cheaper and more efficient than previous strategies for modifying DNA. The term CRISPR/Cas9 stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats/CRISPR […]
Everything you need to know about CRISPR gene editing — the easier, cheaper and more efficient way to modify DNA
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Wall Street just freaked out about a potential hiccup to a revolutionary gene editing technology — but it’s not as bad as it seems

Companies that develop medications using the revolutionary gene-editing technology CRISPR took a hit on Monday after a study found some concerns about an immune response to the technology. CRISPR Therapeutics dropped sharply on Monday before rebounding, ending the day down 2.8%. Intellia Therapeutics and Editas Medicine both fell by about […]
Wall Street just freaked out about a potential hiccup to a revolutionary gene editing technology  —  but it’s not as bad as it seems