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China halts gene editing research after international condemnation of scientist’s claims

A Chinese scientist said he edited the genes of twin babies. Now the Chinese government has ordered a temporary halt on all gene editing research activities.

CRISPR is different from other gene editing techniques. It emerged from basic research into how bacteria fight off infections. Scientists realized they could use CRISPR to identify and cut apart specific DNA sequences in any cell.

A promising gene editing method causes ethical controversy


Researchers suggest your basic political leanings may be coded in your genes

Global Politics

Want to live a long, healthy life? How old is your grandfather?

Health & Medicine

Novel computer game lets players help scientists research humane genome


Building a Synthetic Biological Programming Language

It sounds like a science fiction scheme, but it’s real.   Drew Endy and the students in his lab at Stanford are exploring the process of programming cells to manufacture DNA. By developing processes to send messages from genomes to cells, they hope to open the key to create a kind of synthetic biological programming platform.   […]

Life Expectancy: The Grandfather Effect

Health & Medicine

A study conducted in the Philippines raises an interesting possibility: your lifespan could be influences by how old your grandfather was when your father was born.

Farm Animals Breed Antibiotic Resistance

India isn’t the only source of these lethal bacteria. They are present all over the world. These bugs and their genes are spreading so rapidly around the world that some scientists regard the resistance genes as a new kind of environmental contaminant.

The World

Gamers & Genomics: Crowdsourcing DNA Research

Lifestyle & Belief

Scientists at McGill University in Montreal have developed an online game that uses crowdsourcing to study DNA. Ari Daniel Shaprio of our partner program NOVA reports.

The American Genealogical Mosaic

The United States has just over 300 million people living in it … which adds up to about 90 trillion genes. So what do those genes tell us about this country? Bryan Sykes joins The Takeaway next to explain.