Gene Therapy for Hearing Loss

Have you been listening to too much Lady Gaga recently? Music aficionados have always known that listening to too much Gaga can lead to head bobbing, constant toe tapping and the shakes but now recent studies have shown you might also need to worry about hearing loss. Mark Fishman, the head of Novartis Institutes for…

Escaping Regulation: Gene Editing in Bio-Agriculture Companies

Bio-agriculture companies are using technical loopholes to avoid regulations by utilizing new methods for gene editing. Since 1986, the Agriculture Department (AD), Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration share the oversight of crops. Usually GMOs fall under the jurisdiction of the AD, which is responsible for protecting American crops from plant pests.…

CRISPR CasMINE

Imagine if somebody patented the book. Or a nut-and-bolt. This is how Tony Fong of Genome Web Daily news would compare the patenting the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology, recently awarded to the Broad Institute. In the same way that any modern mechanics would be impossible without the use of basic tools, the future of cost-effective…