One of the biggest concerns that space agencies like NASA and SpaceX have when it comes to bringing humans to Planet Mars is survival.
Though scientists are optimistic that CRISPR could help, they also emphasize caution and community engagement in order to get it right.
The clinical trial at the Oregan Health & Science University was performed to treat a blindness-causing gene mutation.
This truly remarkable time in the biological sciences has the opportunity to effectively attack some of the most fundamental problems of society.
As humanity looks outward, we ponder what kind of life we ought to take with us to support outposts and eventually colonies off the Earth.
Synthetic biology involves the rewriting of large segments of the genomes of organisms, resulting in what effectively are new organisms.
A desirable option would be to use CRISPR gene editing to essentially cut out the unwanted gene. There are, however, many challenges ahead.
It is difficult to examine society’s acceptance or rejection of key biotech developments without considering the role played by major religions.
We have the technology to potentially add a 47th chromosome. The implications are enormously consequential.
More of us are asking this question: why not also use genome sequencing to help seemingly healthy people screen for all sorts of conditions?