Biologist Creating Super Plants To Combat Climate Change

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From WUWT

This is the only climate technology which really frightens me.

This scientist thinks she has the key to curb climate change: super plants

Adam Popescu in La Jolla, California
Tue 16 Apr 2019 20.00 AEST

Dr Joanne Chory hopes that genetic modifications to enhance plants’ natural carbon-fixing traits could play a key role – but knows that time is short, for her and the planet Continue reading

Chinese Researcher Claims First Gene-Edited Babies

By Christina Larsen – Re-Blogged From APNews

HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics.

A U.S. scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes.

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Early Results Boost Hopes for Historic Gene Editing Attempt

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

Early, partial results from a historic gene editing study give encouraging signs that the treatment may be safe and having at least some of its hoped-for effect, but it’s too soon to know whether it ultimately will succeed.

The results announced Wednesday are from the first human test of gene editing in the body, an attempt to permanently change someone’s DNA to cure a disease — in this case, a genetic disorder called Hunter syndrome that often kills people in their teens.

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New Gene Editing Method Could Revolutionize Cancer Treatment

By Solange Reyner – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Scientists at the University of California San Francisco have found a way to edit genomes, a method they say could revolutionize treatments for cancer, infections like HIV and autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is a “turning point,” Vincenzo Cerundolo, director of the Human Immunology Unit at Oxford University, told The Washington Post. “It is a game-changer in the field, and I’m sure that this technology has legs.”

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