September 26, 2017

Weekly Biomedicine Newsletter

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Five ways to get CRISPR into the body

Scientists are investigating a range of different delivery mechanisms for the gene-editing tool, from topical gels to skin grafts.

 
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Artificial human embryos are coming, and no one knows how to handle them

Stem cells can be coaxed to self-assemble into structures resembling human embryos.

 
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Listen up: the easiest place to use CRISPR might be in your ear

Scientists are hopeful they can inject the gene-editing technology directly into the ear to stop hereditary deafness.

 
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Even at $500K, gene therapy could be a bargain for these diseases

A one-time gene therapy that costs half a million dollars sounds crazy until you add up what it costs to treat some diseases over a lifetime.

 
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How biotechnology will soon give almost anyone the power to destroy humanity

The same technology that allows researchers to design viruses and vaccines for specific genetic targets also allows them to design organisms that can spread and kill.

 
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