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Fetal Gene Therapy

Delivering gene therapy directly to the fetus of a pregnant mother is something that biotechnology futurists have dreamed about since the late 1990s.

Genome Editing: It’s Not Really About Designer Babies

When it comes to genome editing, designer babies really should not be the first scenario that comes to mind.

Genome Sequencing for Healthy People: Is it Time?

More of us are asking this question: why not also use genome sequencing to help seemingly healthy people screen for all sorts of conditions?

NASA’s spaceflight DNA sequencer: What will it do for science and medicine?

The uses of the sequencer in Earth orbit – and eventually on the Moon and on flights to Mars or asteroids – will be multifold.

Mechanics of Synthesizing the Human Genome: How it will happen

In May 2016, a group of scientists met to plan HGP-write, a project designed to create an entire functioning human genome out of chemicals.

From living computers to nano-robots: how we’re taking DNA beyond genetics

What’s next for DNA nanotechnology? It is hard to know but, with DNA, nature has given us a very versatile tool.

Heard of CRISPR gene editing? It can save your life

We're in the midst of a CRISPR craze, with numerous stories on how CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing will change the world.

Advances in genetic research enhancing our understanding of human evolution

Given the continuing progression of genetic technology we can expect to learn a whole lot more about ancient humans.

Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement

We have all the tools we need to alter the genetic makeup of our species. The realization is inevitable. Timing is the only variable.

Gene editing on human embryos would not create ‘designer babies’

Researchers are moving forward with attempts to make edits to human embryos using CRISPR and other genome editing techniques.