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The technique could eventually lead to fewer cattle needed to produce the same amount of beef

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Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

On a sunny Tuesday in April, amid a global pandemic, a newborn calf took his first shaky steps in a barn outside Sacramento. Animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam and…

Reengineering Life

17 years after the Human Genome Project, researchers unlocked the X chromosome

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Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

By the time the Human Genome Project ended its 13-year run in 2003, it had mapped about 90% of our entire genetic code. But some of the remaining parts…

Reengineering Life

The technique is capable of precisely editing mitochondria

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Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

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 —…

Reengineering Life

Three papers suggest it might not be safe to make gene-edited babies with CRISPR

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Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

A few weeks ago, OneZero reported new findings from a group of U.K. scientists showing that the gene-editing tool CRISPR could cause unintended DNA damage when used in human…

Reengineering Life

The treatment successfully lowered cholesterol in monkeys

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Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally, killing nearly 18 million people each year. It’s often caused by a buildup of cholesterol, a waxy substance in the…

Reengineering Life

Gene therapy and CRISPR show promising signs

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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. Over time, the disease worsens and can cause infections, organ damage, blindness, stroke, and early death.

“I can’t think…

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The technique could pave the way for a human treatment

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Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

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…

Reengineering Life

Scientists are using gene editing to make healthy food more appealing

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Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

You probably know that kale is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients and that you should be eating more of it. …

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