Gene Silencing/Gene Editing

News on CRISPR, gene editing, RNAi in genetics, genomics, and molecular diagnostics.

A lawyer and a scientist say the best result in the CRISPR patent fight would be narrow patents that prevent anyone from controlling downstream innovation.

The wide-ranging discussion with witnesses from Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Editas Medicine touched on recent advances in research and questions of safety.

The MIT-led team that developed the delivery technique said that it was able to induce more than 80 percent editing of the Pcsk9 gene in the livers of mice. 

The IP is based on the research of Emmanuelle Charpentier from the Hannover Medical School in Germany and Umea University in Sweden.

Syngenta said that it is using CRISPR-Cas9 in multiple crops including corn, wheat, tomato, rice, and sunflower.

Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

In PNAS this week: immune profiling of breast cancer, transposable element patterns in rice, and more.