Genetics

US clears first 'living drug' for tough childhood leukemia

Aug 30, 2017

Opening a new era in cancer care, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia

5 researchers share $500,000 prize for work on gene editing

Aug 15, 2017

Five researchers will share a $500,000 medical prize for their roles in developing a ground-breaking gene-editing tool that lets scientists alter the DNA of living cells

Canada OKs Idaho company's genetically engineered potatoes

Aug 3, 2017

Canadian officials say three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat

Science Says: Gene editing widely used in range of research

Aug 2, 2017

Gene editing, a widely used new tool for research, is getting fresh attention thanks to a successful lab experiment with human embryos

First embryo gene-repair holds promise for inherited disease

Aug 2, 2017

First safe repair of a gene mutation in human embryos marks a step toward one day preventing babies from inheriting diseases

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

Jul 26, 2017

Scientists are building yeast DNA from scratch, a stepping stone toward making new organisms

Amazon's new social network is looking a lot like Pinterest

Jul 19, 2017

Amazon is launching a new social network aimed at getting its hardcore users to spend even more money with the e-commerce giant

1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade

Jun 5, 2017

The first lawsuit over Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta's decision to put a genetically engineered corn variety onto the U.S. market before China approved it is about to go on trial

Researchers test self-destructing moth pest in cabbage patch

May 29, 2017

Researchers in a New York cabbage patch are planning the first release on American soil of insects genetically engineered to die before they can reproduce

University of Illinois cancels scientist talk after backlash

May 17, 2017

The University of Illinois has cancelled plans to host a talk by Nobel Laureate James Watson after faculty raised concerns about his discredited views on race and intelligence

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