Gene Editing 2.0--Crispr, Crispier, Crispiest?
flashier gene editing tools are being developed. "Researchers at the Salk Institute used one such system to treat several diseases in mice, including diabetes, acute kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy. It will take many more years of work for this generation of gene editors to find their way out of the lab into human patients, rows of vegetables, and disease-carrying pests. That is, if gene editing 3.0 doesn't make them all obsolete first."
Genetics and Agriculture
Biotech has been influencing agriculture in many ways, and this article looks at how gene editing will boost crop yields.
Gene Therapy and Medicine
FDA is allowing gene therapies for use in the treatment of diseases. More approvals are expected soon. And in another article, we see how the approach might lead to a treatment that helps stave off hearing loss in people with certain forms of inherited deafness.
Insights and Research
Two recipients of the Borlaug CAST Communication Award are at the forefront when it comes to researching and explaining biotech and ag/science applications. (1) Alison Van Eenennaam--UC-Davis--says her mission is to "provide research and education on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems." Her blog site is here. (2) Kevin Folta--Univ. of Florida--is very active and outspoken about the proper applications of science methods to help feed the world. His blog site is here.
by dan gogerty (top pic from steemit.com and bottom from csv.com)