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Genetics : Gene Therapy

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Human enhancement: The promise and perils of gene-editing technology

New Scientist


CRISPR is a technology that can be used to edit genes and, as such, will likely change the world.The essence of CRISPR is simple: it’s a way of finding a specific bit of DNA inside a cell. After that, the next step in CRISPR gene editing is usually to alter that piece of DNA. However, CRISPR has also been adapted to do other things too, such as turning genes on or off without altering their sequence.


Garvan Institute


The CRISPR-Cas9 system evolved in bacteria as a defence against viruses, making it essentially a bacterial immune system. Scientists around the world now use it like a cut-and-paste tool to edit DNA.

The Conversation

Australian Government


This section contains information about the nationally consistent legislative scheme for the regulation of gene technology in Australia.

Explore Biotech


Just a decade back, Gene editing was not even a term. But with more scientific research and experiments being done with the technology at full swing, it’s a matter of discussion everywhere.

What is Biotechnology?


CRISPR/Cas9 is a technique that allows for the highly specific and rapid modification of DNA in a genome, the complete set of genetic instructions in an organism.


What is CRISPR-Cas9? CRISPR-Cas9 is a tool in molecular biology that can be used to edit the genomes of a wide variety of organisms, including people.

Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., interviews Debra J. H. Mathews, Ph.D., MA, assistant director for science programs for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and associate professor in the department of pediatrics at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, about ethical issues related to CRISPR gene editing technology.

UMass Medical School researchers are using CRISPR/Cas9, a powerful gene editing tool, to develop a novel technology that can potentially cut the DNA of the latent HIV virus out of an infected cell.

Designer babies, the end of diseases, genetically modified humans that never age. Outrageous things that used to be science fiction are suddenly becoming reality. The only thing we know for sure is that things will change irreversibly.

CRISPR is touted as a gene editing technology to change the world, but recent studies show that it might actually be doing more harm than good.

In this Spotlight segment, Eric Landskroner discusses the study and the unseen dangers of CRISPR gene editing, with one of its authors, Dr. Rasmus Nielsen,  There are definitely good uses of CRISPR, the Danish researcher says, but science might not be ready for the groundbreaking technique.

Broad Institute


CRISPR genome editing technology is revolutionizing biological research. These articles and resources help demonstrate how CRISPR is influencing science at the Broad and across the world.


What are the pros and cons of gene therapy?

National Geographic

The most potent use of the new gene editing technique CRISPR is also the most controversial: tweaking the genomes of human embryos to eliminate genes that cause disease. We don’t allow it now. Should we ever?

ABC News

Gene editing tools like CRISPR are taking the scientific world by storm, promising new cancer cures and superfast breeding of plants and animals.



Updated regulations allow scientists to use some genome-editing techniques in plants and animals without government approval.

The Atlantic

The alleged creation of the world's first gene-edited infants was full of technical errors and ethical blunders. Here are the 15 most damning details.

YALE Insights


The gene editing technology CRISPR has prompted both breathless predictions of medical breakthroughs and warnings of apocalypse.

Your Genome


CRISPR-Cas9 is a genome editing tool that is creating a buzz in the science world. It is faster, cheaper and more accurate than previous techniques of editing DNA and has a wide range of potential applications.