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expert reaction to genome editing study on new class of base editors

A new study, published in Nature, presents a new class of ‘base editors’ – programmable protein machines that rearrange the atoms of one DNA to resemble a different base in the genome of living cells – that make it possible to individually replace all four bases of DNA selectively and efficiently, without causing any double-stranded DNA breaks.  read more

inconvenient truths

Last week we ran press conferences on climate change and CFS/ME. The subjects are complex and contentious, and there is always the potential for jarring or simplistic headlines and strong reactions from the vocal critics of research in these fields. But it was the criticism from within the scientific community that we had not anticipated. read more

UK first – Results of genome editing in human embryos

Last year, Kathy Niakan, a developmental biologist at the Francis Crick Institute, was the first UK scientist to be given the go-ahead by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to use genome-editing techniques on human embryos. Kathy’s research aims to understand aspects of the basic biology of early human embryo development and the role of specific genes. read more

expert reaction to first UK results of genome editing in human embryos

A team of scientists from the Francis Crick Institute has just published the first UK results of research using genome editing techniques on human embryos. The proof of principle study uses the CRISPR-CaS9 genome editing technique to study the role of the Oct4 gene in early human embryo development. read more

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