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Determining which products of advanced biotechnology are deserving of legal protections is essential to our own social architecture.

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In an ongoing legal battle, the University of California, Berkeley has challenged the Broad Institute’s patent claims on the gene editing technology.

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SHERLOCK and DETECTR can identify particular nucleic acid sequences, while CAMERA records events in human and bacterial cells.

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We are on the cusp of yet another revolution in how we feed the populace.

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Growing Awareness

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2018

University of California, Riverside, plant biologist Katie Dehesh explains the importance of agricultural research.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Biotech stocks fell in response to the news. 

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EU Advisor Recommends Regulatory Exemption for Gene Editing

By Catherine Offord | January 19, 2018

Crops produced using mutagenic technologies such as CRISPR should generally be exempt from regulatory laws governing GMOs, according to the published opinion.

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2017 Top 10 Innovations

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2017

From single-cell analysis to whole-genome sequencing, this year’s best new products shine on many levels.

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Image of the Day: Solar Butterfly

By The Scientist Staff | October 27, 2017

The wings of black butterflies are inspiring the design of new solar-cell technology.

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