Where gene editing goes next

We know the basics of healthy living now. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and reducing stress can help us avoid heart disease – the world’s biggest killer. But what if you could have a vaccine, too? And not a typical vaccine – a single injection that will alter your DNA to provide lifelong protection? … Read more

These scientists used CRISPR to put an alligator gene into catfish

But catfish farming is also a perfect breeding ground for infections. From the time newly farmed fish hatch to the time they are harvested, around 40% of animals worldwide die from various diseases, says Dunham. Can new gene editing help? The crocodile gene, which Dunham’s research has found as a possible answer, encodes a protein … Read more

Gene therapy and AI chip wars

During the COVID-19 pandemic, antibodies have played a major and essential role. We used home tests to look for them, and we took vaccinations so our bodies could overproduce them. And no less attention has been paid to B cells, the immune system cells that actually make antibodies, producing up to 10,000 per second — … Read more

Genetically engineered B cells are being used for gene therapy

Until now, B cells have not received the same attention — in fact, genetically modified versions have not been tested in humans. This is partly because “engineering B cells is not that easy,” said Shane Lu, a professor at Virginia Tech who demonstrated in 2009 how to generate B cells that contain an extra gene. … Read more