Tag: CRISPR

1 year after birth: are CRISPR-designed babies the future?

Reading Time: 6 minutes The German news site n-tv.de interviewed me about a week ago about the possibilities and risks of the CRISPR gene-editing technology. The reason for this piece was the first anniversary of the CRISPR designed babies, the twins (with the pseudonyms Lulu and Nana).  In short, a Chinese researcher and former associate professor at the Southern…

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By Santiago December 4, 2019 0

Modifying multiple genes and hoping to treat diseases with CRISPR-Cas12a

Reading Time: 4 minutes A Swiss team figured out how to modify multiple genes in one cell using the gene-editing CRISPR-system Cas12a. What do the findings mean for disease treatment strategies? In May, during our Amsterdam S.H.I.T. Show, we talked about the gene-editing CRISPR-Cas systems and how they enable you to cut DNA almost anywhere you want. The tools…

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By Santiago September 19, 2019 0

S.H.I.T. Show to the people! (an update)

Reading Time: 4 minutes OK, so we arranged our first ever Science&Health Informal Talk (S.H.I.T.) Show in Amsterdam. We uploaded pictures from it on our social media, but where’s that written update we promised you?? Sorry for the delay, but it’s summer here. Plus, the preparation for the event took some time and accumulated our responsibilities outside the Ivory…

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By Santiago July 17, 2019 0

The Upcoming S.H.I.T. Show and How It All Started, Interviewing the Organizers

Reading Time: 5 minutes In case you haven’t heard, the Ivory Embassy is organizing the upcoming Science & Health Informal Talk Show (or simply the S.H.I.T. Show). The event DNA Manipulation: Treating Diseases and Designing Babies with CRISPR takes place in Amsterdam on May 23rd and will highlight the implications of CRISPR-Cas – a new biotechnological tool that can…

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By Santiago May 21, 2019 0

Genome edited CRISPR babies are born

Reading Time: 3 minutes It finally happened. The first CRISPR edited babies were recently born! Or that’s the claim at least. He Jiankui, a scientist from the Southern University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen claims to have disabled a gene important for HIV infections. He edited embryos using CRISPR, which he then used for in vitro…

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By Santiago November 27, 2018 0

The top six reasons only some diseases are treated in CRISPR clinical trials… for the moment

Reading Time: 6 minutes The top six reasons only some diseases are treated in CRISPR clinical trials… for the moment  Damn, this CRISPR-thing escalated fast. In 2013, we could read the first reports of the genome editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 being used in human and mouse cells and just two years later it was suddenly possible to change genes in…

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By Santiago May 24, 2018 0

What in the name of science is CRISPR/Cas?

Reading Time: 7 minutes What in the name of science is CRISPR/Cas? CRISPR/Cas is the tool that is on people’s lips right now, not only scientists’ (in our opinion at least). Media is talking about designer-babies, disease-resistant crops and many other applications. It could possibly play a significant role in our future everyday lives, and because of this, it’s…

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By Santiago November 22, 2017 0

Genome editing: How we cut and manipulate genes in our DNA

Reading Time: 8 minutes Genome editing: How we cut and manipulate genes in our DNA There is a good chance that you have heard of the advances in genome engineering and genome editing. Scientists can now alter the sequence of mammalian genes (and of other organisms) through a relatively new technology called CRISPR. This highly efficient tool has truly…

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By The Embassy November 16, 2017 0