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    Editing human germline cells sparks ethics debate

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    Sci-fi novels and films like Gattaca no longer have a monopoly on genetically engineered humans. Real research scripts about editing the human genome are now appearing in scientific and medical journals. But the reviews are mixed.

    In Gattaca, nearly everyone was genetically altered, their DNA adjusted to prevent disease, enhance intelligence and make them look...

    05/06/2015 - 16:17 Genetics, Science & Society
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    Monkeys born with edited genes

    The birth of two monkeys in China provides hope that a new type of gene therapy may one day help correct genetic defects in people.

    The two cynomolgus monkeys, also known as crab-eating macaques, are the first primates to have their genes precisely edited using a gene-snipping tool borrowed from bacteria, a team of Chinese scientists reports January 30 in Cell. The work is part of an...

    02/01/2014 - 11:27 Genetics
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    The vast virome

    Studying complex diseases is like trying to solve a massive jigsaw puzzle with a blank box cover and who knows how many missing pieces. Scientists now realize that human genes form the borders of many disorders. But it turns out that the picture can’t be filled in without considering microbes, especially the bacteria and viruses that make the human body home.

    Four years ago, evolutionary...

    12/27/2013 - 14:00 Microbes, Ecosystems, Health
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