Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic was back in the air this week. The new SpaceShipTwo launched from the SpacePort in Mojave, California achieved an altitude of weightless, and landed from a maiden flight to cheers from the teams
An international conference in Egypt considered proposals by some scientists to ban the release of genetically modified organisms to the environment, but ultimately decided against an outright moratorium in favour of risk assessments of
Twin girls! What could be more wonderful news to worrisome new parents? In a ground breaking, but controversial development, Prof He Jiankui and his team at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China
A number of global scientists have proposed a resolution that would broaden the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to implore governments to “refrain from” releasing certain genetically engineered organisms into nature. “Gene drive” is
CRISPR Cas-9 changed the DNA manipulation game forever. Now, researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada have developed a technology that can dramatically improve the technique. The approach uses artificial guide particles known as
DNA identification and manipulation continue to stir ethical debate as researchers discover indicators of intelligence potential and develop new GMOs. If the traditional IQ test accurately measures intelligence as a generalised number, a new DNA
The world order is changing. As the ongoing mood of isolationism further turns America inwardly, the US looks backwards in its search to “make America great again”. How can Australia respond to this changing world order? On the technology and innovation front, the new Australia 2030 Prosperity Through Innovation Plan from Innovation and Science Australia promises additional fresh impetus for growth opportunities.
Recombinetics, a gene editing company, and its partners have created black-and-white Holstein dairy cattle with no horns and male pigs that cannot complete their sexual development, yielding younger and more delicious pork chops. Despite the
Stanford University biomolecular researchers have examined the antibodies in 22 newborns and 12 adults, discovering that 65% of them had protective molecules that would render the CRISPR gene editing tool useless. With such promising potential
Scientists have created a new version of CRISPR that can target and edit RNA, the transcription mechanism of DNA. Published last week in Science, the new tool offers a great advantage: its edits aren’t permanent.