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A New Crispr Technique Could Fix Almost All Genetic Diseases

by Megan Molteni, Wired

A less error-prone DNA editing method could correct many more harmful mutations than was previously possible.

Andrew Anzalone was restless. It was late fall of 2017. The year was winding down, and so was his MD/PhD program at Columbia. Trying to figure out what was next in his life, he’d taken to long walks in the leaf-strewn West Village. One night as he paced up Hudson Street, his stomach filled with La Colombe coffee and his mind with Crispr gene editing papers, an idea began to bubble through the caffeine brume inside his brain.

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These albino lizards are the world’s first gene-edited reptiles

by Cell Press, Phys.org

Meet the world’s first gene-edited reptiles: albino lizards roughly the size of your index finger. Researchers used CRISPR-Cas9 to make the lizards, providing a technique for gene editing outside of major animal models. In their study, publishing August 27 in the journal Cell Reports, the researchers also show that the lizards can successfully pass gene-edited alleles for albinism to their offspring.

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Will Gene-Editing Technologies Spark the Next Cold War? They Already Have

by Nick Gillespie, reason.com

The folks behind CRISPR gene editing were runners-up for Time’s Person of the Year. Their creation may win the future for secular China

Sure, Donald Trump won Time’s coveted Person of the Year award (coveted in the sense of, Who wouldn’t want to be in a line of succession that includes Hitler, Stalin, and “You”?). But the runners-up, transhumanist visionary Zoltan Istvan reminds us, were the pioneers of the cheap and easy gene-editing techniques called CRISPR. Continue reading Will Gene-Editing Technologies Spark the Next Cold War? They Already Have

China completes first human trial with CRISPR-edited genes

by Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget

There’s still a ton of research and testing to do before this cancer treatment goes mainstream, though.

As predicted, it happened: On October 28th, Chinese oncologists at Sichuan University were the first in the world to insert CRISPR-modified cells into a patient suffering from an aggressive form of lung cancer, according to Nature. The journal reports that this first round of treatment in a safety trial went well enough to warrant a second injection of the Cas9-edited cells, and that nine more people will undergo the treatments in the future. From there, the patients will be monitored for at least six months, if not longer, to “determine whether the injections are causing serious adverse effects.” Continue reading China completes first human trial with CRISPR-edited genes