Researchers Just Took a Major Step Toward Decoding the Entire Human Genome

17 years after the Human Genome Project, researchers unlocked the X chromosome. Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

The First Gene-Edited Squid in History Is a Biological Breakthrough

The modified squid could be useful for brain research. Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

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 Gene Edited a Cow to Have Mostly Male Offspring

The technique could eventually lead to fewer cattle needed to produce the same amount of beef. Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

Men Are Twice as Likely to Support Genetically Engineered Babies Than Women

The birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies, revealed in November 2018, prompted international shock and outrage. Working in relative secrecy, Chinese researcher He Jiankui used CRISPR to modify the genomes of two human embryos in hopes of making the resulting babies resistant to HIV.

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