Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

Synopsis: There’s a strong case for trying out novel methods to restore lost species and damaged ecosystems. A look at the related issues. Introduction The United States startup Colossal Biosciences has announced plans to bring woolly mammoths, or animals like them, back from extinction and into the frosty landscape of the Siberian tundra. Colossal proposes to use CRISPR… Continue reading Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

China draws up tighter rules on human gene and embryo trials

China’s top legislature have decided to consider tougher rules on research involving human genes and embryos. Under the draft law sent to the top legislature,medical and human trials will face closer scrutiny and stricter requirements,such as ensuring human subjects are properly briefed.Further,the rules will also require all future trials to be approved by administrative authorities… Continue reading China draws up tighter rules on human gene and embryo trials

Introducing the world’s first gene-edited lizard, an albino

Four brown anole lizards (a type of tropical lizard) have been genetically modified using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool. This is the world’s first successful attempt at producing a genetically modified reptile. The researchers from University of Georgia, USA had used CRISPR-Cas9 to fertilize the immature eggs of anole lizards and produce four pink albino… Continue reading Introducing the world’s first gene-edited lizard, an albino