We need to talk about CRISPR

We need powerful global legislation to prevent the misuse of CRISPR technology by rogue scientists and countries. Image credit - Piqsels, licensed under CC0

By Vittoria D’Alessio We need an active public debate on the ethics of gene editing technology to realise its potential and prevent it being used in nefarious ways, for example by the military and amateur scientists, and to take cultural differences into account, according to Professor Christiane Woopen, executive director of the┬áCentre for Ethics, Rights, … Read more

Genetically engineered animals offer fresh hope to heart valve patients

Genetically engineered mutations in cows could pave the way for transplant patients to receive whole animal organs in the future. Image credit - Pexels/Kat Jayne, licensed under Pexels license

Scientists have cloned a genetically engineered bull which they hope will help heart valve transplant patients lead better quality lives and benefit people with red meat allergies. Every year, about 300,000 people worldwide receive a new heart valve. Whenever possible, doctors use valves made of tissue from cows or pigs, because the synthetic alternatives can … Read more