Stanford biochemistry professor emeritus and Nobel Prize recipient Paul Berg joined 17 of the world’s leading scientists and bioethicists on Wednesday in a call for a global moratorium on genetically modified babies.
Stanford has launched a review into several faculty members’ ties to He Jiankui, a former postdoctoral fellow who claimed in November that he had successfully edited the embryos of twin girls.
While the CRISPR-Cas9 system has gained notoriety in synthetic biology for genetic engineering applications, CRISPR is originally found in nature.
What if someone handed you a tool and said that you could better the lives of people before their birth by changing their genes? Would you do it? CRISPR-Cas9 is one such tool. It’s an efficient and effective gene-editing technology that works by tagging a section of DNA with an RNA segment, and then using…
On Nov. 28, He Jianku — a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford from 2011-2012 — announced to hundreds of scientists, colleagues and journalists that he had created the world’s first genetically edited babies: twin girls with the pseudonyms Lulu and Nana whose DNA he claims to have altered to make them HIV-resistant.
In October, a team of five undergraduates earned a silver medal at the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition for their “Cerberus System,” which uses CRISPR technology to detect small molecules.
Imagine making disease detection as simple as taking pictures on your phone. Budding biotech startup Mammoth Biosciences, launched in May 2018 by Trevor Martin Ph.D. ’16, and Ashley Tehranchi Ph.D. ’16, aims to develop accurate, affordable and consumer-friendly platforms for disease detection using CRISPR technology.
On Thursday, a team led by assistant professor of bioengineering Stanley Qi released a study on a new form of gene-editing technology known as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats genome organization, or CRISPR-GO, which allows scientists to move pieces of DNA within a cell nucleus. In contrast, previous CRISPR technology has been used to “cut” and “paste” sections of the genetic code within individual pieces of DNA.