Expert Analysis:
Emerging Genetic Technologies

December 2, 2015

Could gene-editing tools lead to designer babies?

While scientists from all over the world are meeting at a summit in Washington DC to discuss the human gene-editing, GENeS has asked ethicists for their take on whether gene-editing technologies bring a world with designer babies any closer. Continue reading

November 5, 2015

First human to be given experimental gene-edited cell therapy survives leukemia

A baby girl in the UK has been cleared of leukemia following compassionate treatment with an experimental immunotherapy which used gene-edited cells. It is the first time a therapy using the gene-editing technology TALENs has been used in a human. Continue reading

September 9, 2015

Experts on stem cell ethics back genome editing in human embryo research

Research using genome editing techniques should be allowed in human embryos and germ cells according to a statement by an international group of scientists, bioethicists and policy experts. The statement backs the use of human genome editing in basic research, but does not endorse using the techniques for reproductive purposes. Continue reading

May 18, 2015

Yeast engineered for making morphine one step closer, raising concerns over ‘home-brew’ opiates

An elusive step in genetically engineering yeast to manufacture opiates from glucose has been achieved by researchers. Cautioning that this opens the door for production of ‘home-brewed’ opiates, experts have called for “fast and flexible regulation to protect the public and the research community.” Continue reading

April 23, 2015

Genomes of human embryos edited for the first time

For the first time researchers have used genome-editing in human embryos, the subject of intense ethical debate in the scientific community. The Chinese group tried to correct a gene responsible for a potentially fatal blood disorder in non-viable embryos, with partial success and some unintended effects. Continue reading

April 23, 2015

Researchers gene-edit mouse egg cells, suggest potential use in humans for preventing mitochondrial disease

Scientists have suggested a potential alternative to controversial mitochondrial replacement, so called ‘3-person IVF’, for preventing inherited genetic disorders by using genome-editing technology to prevent specific mitochondrial DNA from being passed from mothers to offspring in mice. The study also reported the technique was used to correct human mitochondrial DNA inserted into mouse egg cells. Continue reading

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