CRISPR is a simple yet powerful tool for editing genomes. It allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function.
Crispr technology is sort of like a pair of tiny and precise scissors for the molecular world. This gene-editing tool can snip out sections of DNA and replace them with new, healthy genetic stretches. Scientists and doctors have high hopes for its health implications, and they’ve used it to alter severe genetic defects in single-celled embryos. Here, Live Science brings you news and features surrounding Crispr achievements and challenges.
Chinese researcher He Jiankui, who created the world's first genome-edited twins, has been sentenced to three years in prison.
A widely publicized study that suggested that the first gene-edited "CRISPR" babies could have shorter lifespans has been retracted due to crucial errors in the analysis.
A scientist claims to have edited the genes of human embryos, creating the first genetically-modified babies.
A biologist in Oregon has successfully used CRISPR to edit single-celled embryos carrying severe genetic defects.
The gene-editing tool CRISPR is fast becoming known for its potential to treat disease, but it also has other possible capabilities, such as the ability to screen people for viruses.
A new viral protein could be used as an "off switch" for one of the most powerful and promising gene editing tools, potentially making it safer for human applications.