by Jonathan Latham, PhD The standard gene-editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9, frequently produces a type of DNA mutation that ordinary genetic analysis misses, claims new research published in the journal Science Advances. In describing these findings the …Continue reading
God’s Red Pencil? CRISPR and The Three Myths of Precise Genome Editing
by Jonathan Latham, PhD For the benefit of those parts of the world where public acceptance of biotechnology is incomplete, a public relations blitz is at full tilt. It concerns an emerging set of methods …Continue reading
The Great DNA Data Deficit: Are Genes for Disease a Mirage?
Just before his appointment as head of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, the most prominent medical geneticist of our time, had his own genome scanned for disease susceptibility genes. He had decided, so he said, that the technology of personalised genomics was finally mature enough to yield meaningful results.Continue reading
Goodbye Dolly….Hello Synthia
Below is a press release of the ETC (Ethics, Technology and Concentration) Group J. Craig Venter Institute Seeks Monopoly Patents on the World’s First-Ever Human-Made Life Form ETC Group Will Challenge Patents on “Synthia” – …Continue reading