Genetics startup turns to CRISPR to resurrect the woolly mammoth

A new genetics company called Colossal has grand plans to revive the woolly mammoth and reintroduce the species to the Arctic tundra. And it isn’t meant to be just a tourist-trap Jurassic Park either – the aim is to restore a long-lost ecosystem which … Continue reading Genetics startup turns to CRISPR to resurrect the woolly mammoth

“Mini” CRISPR tool reworks inactive protein for better gene editing

The CRISPR gene-editing system is usually associated with the Cas9 protein, but that’s not the only option out there. Scientists at Stanford have now developed a CRISPR tool called CasMINI, using a much smaller protein that should be able to enter huma… Continue reading “Mini” CRISPR tool reworks inactive protein for better gene editing

Open-Source Insulin: Biohackers Aiming for Distributed Production

When you’ve got a diabetic in your life, there are few moments in any day that are free from thoughts about insulin. Insulin is literally the first coherent thought I …read more Continue reading Open-Source Insulin: Biohackers Aiming for Distributed Production

Golden Rice’s Appearance On Philippine Store Shelves And The Rise Of Biofortification

After decades in development, the Philippines became the first country on July 21st of this year to formally approve the commercial propagation of so-called golden rice. This is a rice …read more Continue reading Golden Rice’s Appearance On Philippine Store Shelves And The Rise Of Biofortification

Engineered plants’ roots turn red when helpful fungi show up

While you might think that it’s best to keep crops fungus-free, there are some fungi that actually help plants grow. In order to better observe that relationship, scientists have created plants with roots that turn red when infiltrated by beneficial fu… Continue reading Engineered plants’ roots turn red when helpful fungi show up

Simple RNA tweak boosts potato and rice yields by 50 percent

Food security is a major potential problem, especially in the face of climate change. Now, researchers have shown that manipulating RNA in plants can drastically boost the amount of food they produce, and make them more resistant to drought conditions…. Continue reading Simple RNA tweak boosts potato and rice yields by 50 percent

World-first CRISPR-edited sugarcane helps reduce environmental impact

Sugarcane is an important food crop, but it’s large environmental impact means there’s plenty of room for improvement. Unfortunately it’s tricky and time-consuming to breed new varieties, but now researchers have used CRISPR gene-editing to do so quick… Continue reading World-first CRISPR-edited sugarcane helps reduce environmental impact

CRISPR gene-editing tested in space for first time in DNA damage study

The CRISPR gene-editing tool has been successfully used in space for the first time. Researchers onboard the International Space Station have edited colonies of yeast to study how they repair DNA damage, which could be the first steps towards finding w… Continue reading CRISPR gene-editing tested in space for first time in DNA damage study

Genetically modified rice used for edible, easily stored cholera vaccine

Japanese researchers have developed a new type of cholera vaccine by genetically modifying rice to carry a non-toxic cholera antigen. The vaccine needs no refrigeration with the rice simply ground into a powder, mixed with water and consumed.Continue R… Continue reading Genetically modified rice used for edible, easily stored cholera vaccine

CRISPR used to treat rare genetic disease in promising phase 1 trial

Scientists are reporting the first clinical data showing that CRISPR gene editing can be done safely and effectively inside the body. CRISPR was injected directly into the bloodstream of patients with a rare genetic disease, and appeared to work better… Continue reading CRISPR used to treat rare genetic disease in promising phase 1 trial