CRISPR editing may help turn a wild berry into a farmable crop

By crispr, engadget, food, food and drink, foodanddrink, fruit, gear, geneediting, geneticengineering, groundcherry, hhmi, howardhughesmedicalinstitute, science, tomorrow

It can take many years to make a wild plant easy to farm, but gene editing could make that happen for one fruit in record time. Scientists have used genomics and CRISPR gene editing to develop a technique that could domesticate the groundcherr…

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Recommended Reading: The fate of Facebook’s free internet project

By ajitpai, biohacking, bosskey, cliffbleszinski, cliffyb, engadget, entertainment, facebook, fcc, gaming, gear, geneediting, Internet,, lawbreakers, losangeles, netneutrality, recommendedreading, space

What happened to Facebook’s grand plan to wire the world?
Jessi Hempel,

For years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg touted the company’s initiative that sought to bring connectivity to everyone in the world. It was presented an ambi…

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Gene editing technique could treat ALS and Huntington’s disease

By als, crispr, crisprcas9, engadget, gear, geneediting, genetics, huntingtons, huntingtonsdisease, locana, medicine, rcas9, rna, science, tomorrow, ucsandiego, ucsd

The most common gene editing technique, CRISPR-Cas9, only modifies DNA. That’s helpful in most cases, but it means that you can’t use it to tackle RNA-based diseases. Thankfully, that might not be a problem for much longer. After plenty of talk ab…

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Atomic ‘photos’ help make gene editing safer

By cornelluniversity, crispr, crisprcas3, cryo-electronmicroscopy, dna, engadget, geneediting, genetics, harvardmedicalschool, medicine, rna, tomorrow

Believe it or not, scientists haven’t had a close-up look at CRISPR gene editing. They’ve understood its general processes, but not the minutiae of what’s going on — and that raises the risk of unintended effects. They’ll have a much better understa…

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I bio-engineered glowing beer and it hasn’t killed me (yet)

By applenews, beer, brewing, crispr, diy, dna, do it yourself, doityourself, engadget, fluorescent, food and drink, foodanddrink, geneediting, geneticengineering, medicine, theodin, tomorrow, video

I’ve been making beer for about 10 years and, in the name of fun and experimentation, I’ve done some weird stuff. Toss some sarsaparilla and birch bark in the pot? Why not? “Dry hop” with a box of Apple Jacks? Try and stop me. But I may have finally…

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Gene editing could lead to a vaccine for arthritis

By arthritis, crispr, engadget, gear, geneediting, genetics, health, medicine, pain, stemcell, stemcells, tomorrow, washingtonuniversity, washingtonuniversityschoolofmedicine

Right now, arthritis treatment tends to be an all-or-nothing proposition: the drugs you take affect your entire body, causing havoc with your immune system and leaving you prone to infections. But how do you narrow the treatment to just those…

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Recommended Reading: The genetics of better beer

By austinpowers, beer, billnye, engadget, entertainment, fakenews, gaming, gear, geneediting, genetics, Internet, lornelanning, oddworld, recommendedreading, recreading, science, soulstorm

You Want Better Beer?
Good. Here’s a Better
Barley Genome
Adam Rogers,

The beer industry certainly isn’t hurting for money these days, but a group of scientists are trying to figure out how to make the beverage even better. They’re doing so…

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AI predicts the layout of human stem cells

By AI, alleninstitute, alleninstituteforcellscience, cancer, cell, crispr, deeplearning, disease, engadget, geneediting, health, machinelearning, medicine, science, stemcell, video

The structures of stem cells can vary wildly, even if they’re genetically identical — and that could be critical to predicting the onset of diseases like cancer. But how do you know what a stem cell will look like until it’s already formed? That’s w…

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National Academy of Sciences endorses embryonic engineering

By academy of sciences, America, China, crispr, departmentofhealthandhumanservices, engadget, Europe, food and drug administration, geneediting, germlineengineering, heritability, medicine, nationalacademyofsciences, science

The next generation of humans may well be genetically modified. The National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday issued a 216-page report endorsing human germline modification in the future, but only in certain cases that would otherwise result in …

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