Edits Eyed

An Australian team of researchers has used the CRISPR/Cas9 approach to edit a gene in mouse eye, New Scientist reports. This, it adds, suggests that CRISPR-based approaches might be harnessed to treat inherited eye diseases and save patients' sight.

"We are certainly very excited by the potential," the University of Tasmania's Alex Hewitt tells New Scientist.

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A new report highlights the potential threats posed by advances in synthetic biology, NPR reports.

A Bloomberg reporter tried to get her genetic data deleted, but found it's not so simple to do.

Johns Hopkins University's Steven Salzberg and his colleagues have come up with a new estimate for the number of human genes, Nature News reports.

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