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?

Researchers say this vision is not far off. Advances in gene editing, and CRISPR technology in particular, may soon make this possible.

Gene editing may finally be ready to head into the mainstream, treating many diseases and conditions — not all of which are hereditary. In the future, we may be able to use the same approach to protect people from high blood pressure and diabetes, dramatically improving their quality of life in the process. Read the full story.

– Jessica Hamzilow

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These scientists used CRISPR technology to put the crocodile gene into catfish

What happened? Millions of fish are raised in the United States each year, but many die from infection. In theory, genetic engineering of fish with genes that protect them from disease could help address this problem. And a team of scientists has attempted to do just that – by inserting the crocodile gene into the genomes of catfish.

Why crocodile gene? The alligator gene encodes a protein called cathelicidin that is antimicrobial, according to a team at Auburn University in Alabama. In theory, it could make animals that have the gene artificially inserted into their genomes more resistant to disease.

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