A New Kind of Gene Editing Could Fix What CRISPR Can’t

Ever since CRISPR was first used to edit human cells in a dish in 2013, scientists have been hopeful about its potential to treat — and hopefully, eliminate — a wide spectrum of genetic diseases.

A Genetic Cure for Sickle Cell Disease Moves Closer to Reality

Millions of people around the world, including around 100,000 in the United States, suffer from sickle cell disease, a brutally painful inherited blood disorder. Most of them are of African descent.

Scientists Edited Human Embryos in the Lab, and It Was a Disaster

A team of scientists has used the gene-editing technique CRISPR to create genetically modified human embryos in a London lab, and the results of the experiment do not bode well for the prospect of gene-edited babies.

A New Gene-Editing Treatment Let Deaf Mice Hear Again

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard recently took a step toward a future where hereditary deafness could be corrected with a single injection into the ear.

CRISPR Could Allow for Fast, At-Home Coronavirus Testing

It could be as simple to use as a pregnancy test — but it’s not there yet