Synthetic biology approaches to improving immunotherapy

0000-0003-0319-5416 The AACR 2018 Meeting in Chicago is ending today and has featured the major new results in cancer treatment and immunotherapy treatments in particular. Immunotherapy, the use of the patient’s own immune system to

Curing the world with CRISPR: Where we are at and where we ’re headed

0000-0002-8715-2896   written by Thomas Clements CRISPR has been hailed as one of the most promising gene editing technologies and promises to revolutionize precision medicine and eradicate genetic diseases. However, the technique is not perfect

Jennifer Doudna’s Journey of Discovery: “A Crack in Creation” book review

0000-0002-8715-28960000-0003-0319-5416 Famed CRISPR researcher Jennifer Doudna, along with a past student Samuel Sternberg (starting his own lab in at Columbia University), wrote an account of her CRISPR discoveries and the possibilities the technology unleashes. The

Toward designer babies and creating (human?) genomes

0000-0002-8715-2896 Toward designer babies and creating (human?) genomes   Posted May 19, 2017 by Tabitha M. Powledge in Uncategorized post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above NO SEX, NO PAIN: TOWARD LAB-GROWN DESIGNER BABIES It gives new

Is Lander’s revisionist CRISPR history sexist?

Explosive disagreements over the origins of CRISPR, the leading methodology for editing genes, were inevitable. CRISPR has given scientists (and journalists) dizzying dreams of a near-unlimited ability to manipulate the genomes of animals and plants,

The cancer moonshot and other future science fantasies

Last Friday, On Science Blogs was given over to the many “best of science” lists of 2015. This week’s post is about what bloggers foresee for 2016–and beyond. THE CANCER MOONSHOT: WELCOME TO 2016 Vice-President

The Gene Editing Tsunami and the 10 SynBio Highlights of 2015

When we decided to crowdsource a review of the year from the synthetic biology community we weren’t sure what the response would be – but it has been fantastic! So good in fact, that we

More on gene editing rules, CRISPR in humans and dogs, bioethics & breakthroughs

THE HUMAN GENE EDITING SUMMIT, CONT’D Citizens seeking to understand what was decided at last week’s Human Gene Editing Summit might be understandably confused by the contradictions in these headlines: Scientific community approves human gene

International Summit on Human Gene Editing

by Rhiannon Morris and Chris Wallis Last week scientists and science enthusiasts alike tuned in to listen to what is arguably one of the most important discussions in medical science today; human gene editing. The three

Science Caturday: Editing Teh Hoomins


Scientists, journalists and policy-makers gathered in Washington, DC this week for the International Summit on Human Gene Editing at the National Academies of Science. The meeting, which NAS co-hosted with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the U.K.’s Royal Society, was billed as a global discussion of “the scientific, ethical, and governance issues associated with human gene-editing research.” In particular, the summit focused on the implications of the emergence of CRISPR, a new gene-editing technique which is cheaper, more versatile and more precise than any currently in use.

This topic is a little complex for cats, so we’ll let the experts help out. Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, outlines the basics of the technique and what scientists are working on to make it even better, while Tina Saey writes in Science News about the significant safety and ethical issues and the guidelines in place for further development.

While scientists work on the fancy new stuff, cats will continue to use their traditional techniques for editing your jeans – shedding, clawing and nomming.



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