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The term genetic engineering was first coined by Jack Williamson in his sci-fi Dragon's Island, published in 1951 (Representational Image). Unsplash

Genetic Engineering: Tech that can alter living beings

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 04:40 PM IST
Genetic engineering modifies organisms by making artificial changes to their DNA.
A new study has found that gene-editing techniques like CRISPR-Cas hold the power to rectify inherited retinal degenerative mutations, which are the primary cause of blindness.(ANI)
A new study has found that gene-editing techniques like CRISPR-Cas hold the power to rectify inherited retinal degenerative mutations, which are the primary cause of blindness.(ANI)

Gene editing techniques helpful in retinal degeneration treatment

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 10:43 AM IST
A new study has found that gene-editing techniques like CRISPR-Cas hold the power to rectify inherited retinal degenerative mutations, which are the primary cause of blindness.
It is time for India to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by the coronavirus — and to implement the grand plans to build its bio-defences and benefit the world by curing disease(REUTERS)
It is time for India to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by the coronavirus — and to implement the grand plans to build its bio-defences and benefit the world by curing disease(REUTERS)

India must take the lead in devising bio-defences

By Vivek Wadhwa
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 11:40 PM IST
India must use genomics, synthetic biology, sensors, 3D printing, and AI to analyse data and develop treatments
Chinese researcher He Jiankui was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3 million yuan (about $ 430,000) for illegally carrying out human embryo gene-editing intended for reproduction(AP)
Chinese researcher He Jiankui was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3 million yuan (about $ 430,000) for illegally carrying out human embryo gene-editing intended for reproduction(AP)

Chinese scientist who created gene-edited babies last year gets 3 yrs jail

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2019 04:24 PM IST
The announcement triggered a rapid backlash from the medical and scientific community from within and outside China.
In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, speaks during the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong.(AP)
In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, speaks during the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong.(AP)

Gene-editing may have resulted in unknown mutations

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2019 11:07 PM IST
Excerpts from the manuscript were released by the MIT Technology Review for the purpose of showing how Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui ignored ethical and scientific norms in creating the twins Lula and Nana, whose birth in late 2018 sent shockwaves through the scientific world.
New Delhi Gene editing technology cannot be used for germline engineering or any genetic modifications that can be passed on to the next generation, according to draft guidelines released by on Friday.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
New Delhi Gene editing technology cannot be used for germline engineering or any genetic modifications that can be passed on to the next generation, according to draft guidelines released by on Friday.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Gene editing: Medical board drafts new laws

UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2019 12:48 AM IST
Human germline engineeringn involves deliberately changing the genes passed on to children, creating genetically modified people. Considered taboo for safety and social reasons, it is prohibited in many countries.
China’s top legislature will consider tougher rules on research involving human genes and embryos.(AP)
China’s top legislature will consider tougher rules on research involving human genes and embryos.(AP)

China draws up tighter rules on human gene and embryo trials: Xinhua

Beijing | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2019 08:18 PM IST
He Jiankui, associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology, attracted condemnation when he said he had used technology to alter the embryonic genes of twin girls born
Tech that might seem incredible is actually going to freak you out
Tech that might seem incredible is actually going to freak you out

The creepy new world of tech innovations

Hindustan Times | By Rajiv Makhni
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2019 11:23 PM IST
In a furious pursuit of multiple ‘next big things’, are we losing sight of what kind of new world we may end up creating?
A Chinese scientist responsible for what he said were the world’s first “gene-edited” babies evaded oversight and broke guidelines in a quest for fame and fortune.(AP)
A Chinese scientist responsible for what he said were the world’s first “gene-edited” babies evaded oversight and broke guidelines in a quest for fame and fortune.(AP)

Chinese scientist who made gene-edited babies fired by university

Shenzen (China) | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2019 11:43 PM IST
He Jiankui said in November that he used a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to alter the embryonic genes of twin girls born that month, sparking an international outcry about the ethics and safety of such research.
Scientist He Jiankui said in November that he used a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to alter the embryonic genes of twin girls born that month, sparking an international outcry about the ethics and safety of such research.(AP Photo)
Scientist He Jiankui said in November that he used a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to alter the embryonic genes of twin girls born that month, sparking an international outcry about the ethics and safety of such research.(AP Photo)

Chinese scientist who made gene-edited babies evaded oversight to seek fame: Report

Beijing | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2019 03:18 PM IST
Chinese Scientist He Jiankui said in November that he used a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to alter the embryonic genes of twin girls born that month, sparking an international outcry about the ethics and safety of such research.
Rapid strides in medical science and technology over the past two decades have put the once-elusive 100-year life firmly within our grasp.(HT File Photo)
Rapid strides in medical science and technology over the past two decades have put the once-elusive 100-year life firmly within our grasp.(HT File Photo)

Thanks to science, 100-year life firmly within our grasp

New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2019 02:36 PM IST
According to research published earlier this year in Nature, there are about 500,000 people aged 100 years and above in the world, and the number is going to almost double every decade. There is no limit to longevity.
File photo of agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan(PTI)
File photo of agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan(PTI)

Prof MS Swaminathan distances himself from his anti-GM write-up

Hindustan Times. New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2018 02:45 PM IST
The article, co-authored with scientist PC Kesavan and published in Current Science journal, said that apart from causing environmental harm, some GM crops also exhibit geno-toxic effects (chemicals that can damage genetic information).
A Chinese scientist at the centre of a controversy over what he claims are the world’s first genetically edited children apologised on Wednesday for the result being leaked unexpectedly.(AP)
A Chinese scientist at the centre of a controversy over what he claims are the world’s first genetically edited children apologised on Wednesday for the result being leaked unexpectedly.(AP)

Chinese geneticist apologises for leak of baby-gene editing result

Hong Kong | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 02:04 PM IST
In videos posted online this week, He said he used a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to alter the embryonic genes of twin girls born this month.
He Jiankui speaks during an interview at a laboratory in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province.(AP)
He Jiankui speaks during an interview at a laboratory in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province.(AP)

World’s first gene-edited babies: Chinese scientist’s claim panned by peers

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 06:43 PM IST
In a rare move, a group of 122 leading scientists from China condemned “gene editing”, saying there was a huge risk to perform human embryo transformation and attempt to produce a baby before rigorous further testing.
A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month.(AP)
A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month.(AP)

First gene-edited babies claimed in China

Hong Kong | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 02:23 PM IST
A U.S. scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes.
A piece of a three-dimensional bone structure obtained from the own adipose stem cells of a patient is seen at Brussels' Saint Luc Hospital (Representative Photo)(REUTERS)
A piece of a three-dimensional bone structure obtained from the own adipose stem cells of a patient is seen at Brussels' Saint Luc Hospital (Representative Photo)(REUTERS)

Check the potential misuse of stem cell therapy

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2018 12:00 PM IST
A government regulation is necessary to prevent the exploitation of those who see hope in this treatment
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