There has been some talk on whether base-editing can replace CRISPR/Cas9. One scientist brushed off the idea: they “are two different genome editing tools, much like scissors and a pencil.”
Scientists used artificial antibodies to stop a single signalling pathway among many controlled by the same protein – solving a longstanding and widely recognised problem in biology.
The most risky aspect of gene editing is accidentally editing the wrong gene, causing problems that can be passed down generations.
So long as private capital remains focused on profit, with a political class paying lip service to innovations and scientists remaining mesmerised by metrics, profit will continue to be the end result of most scientific endeavours.
Humans either accidentally imported the ladybird from different locations or deliberately introduced it into certain ecosystems so the bug could invade them and displace other nuisance-bugs.
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With his new book, the author takes a step back from the urgency and desperate clamour attendant to a chronicle of cancer and into the more sterilised, yet even more transformative, world of genes.