The NAM, NAS, and Royal Society have formed a commission to develop a framework on the proper use of genome editing, and convened its first meeting in Washington, DC, this week.
The first trial using CRISPR within the human body is to begin this fall to treat a form of blindness.
Editas exclusively licensed the new enzyme, Alt-R Cas12a (Cpf1) Ultra, a mutant of Acidaminococcus sp. BV3L6 Cas12a (Cpf1), from IDT for therapeutic applications.
Early-access users have used IDT's rhAmpSeq technology to create genetic marker maps for plants and to validate off target events in gene editing.
The court upheld a judgement of no interference-in-fact from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, leaving the Broad in control of key CRISPR IP.
In exchange, Editas has the exclusive right to be the first to negotiate for licenses to genome-editing inventions that arise from the sponsored research.
The company — which was cofounded by David Liu, Feng Zhang, and Keith Joung — has licensed base editing technology from Harvard and the Broad Institute.
Technology Review writes that though CRISPR trials in people are beginning, studies in monkeys haven't provided much data.
The Financial Times reports that CRISPR-based biotechs are about to start human studies of gene-editing treatments.
The wide-ranging discussion with witnesses from Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Editas Medicine touched on recent advances in research and questions of safety.
A new study catalogues the genome and evolutionary history of the oak family, UPI reports.
Dog DNA testing is a growing market, but there's still a lot of uncertainty about the accuracy of the results, the Boston Globe says.
A University of South Florida researcher is testing bone fragments to determine if they belong to Amelia Earhart.
In Cell this week: antisense Piwi-interacting RNA responses to endogenous retroviruses, proteomic patterns in hepatocellular carcinoma, and more.