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With the arrival of a new class of single-nucleotide editors, researchers can target the most common type of pathogenic SNP in humans.

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RNA Editing Possible with CRISPR-Cas13

By Ruth Williams | October 25, 2017

Scientists extend the capabilities of the CRISPR-Cas system to include precise manipulations of RNA sequences in human cells.

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Genetic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Identified

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 23, 2017

Researchers identify 72 novel genetic variants associated with breast cancer risk.

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Professionals in the genetics field generally support editing the genomes of somatic cells, mirroring public opinion, but diverge from nonexperts when it comes to germline editing.

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Compound Found in Red Wine Boosts Immune Cell Function

By Catherine Offord | October 17, 2017

At low doses, resveratrol enhanced human T-cell activity in vitro, while at high doses it interfered with cell signaling. 

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Plantings of non-GM refuges counter the development of resistance.

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GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.

By Abby Olena | October 13, 2017

The EPA is now in charge of regulating the use of Oxitec’s strain of Aedes aegypti, genetically engineered to reduce populations of the insects.

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A needle-free alternative to the finger-prick test would be a godsend for many sufferers of diabetes, but the industry has yet to clear the technological hurdles.

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Study Illuminates Genetics of Skin Color

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 12, 2017

Researchers identified genes related to melanin levels in African populations.

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Spark Therapeutics’s Luxturna would be the first approved therapy in the U.S. that replaces or repairs a defective gene inherited from one’s parents.

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