undergroundnewsroom.com March 21, 2018

Scientists Just Successfully Edited the First Human Embryo Ever in The US

28 July 2017, 12:29 | Rodolfo Quinn

The power to change your DNAEQUINOX GRAPHICS SCIENCE

The power to change your DNAEQUINOX GRAPHICS  SCIENCE

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology Review has learned.

Shoukhrat Mitalipov, head of OHSU's Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy and lead author on the research, explains that their study made use of the innovative technology CRISPR.

The research done at Oregon Health and Science University did not allow the human embryos to develop for more than a few days.

Some countries have signed a convention prohibiting the practice on concerns it could be used to create so-called designer babies.

One prominent genetics expert, Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California, said gene editing of embryos is "an unstoppable, inevitable science, and this is more proof it can be done".

The technique, which has the ability to permanently modify genes in organisms, can selectively trim away parts of the genome that is deemed unwanted to replace it with new stretches of DNA. The team's results are still pending publication, so we'll likely hear more details about the study in the future.

British Open 2017: Jordan Spieth wins after rollercoaster final round
Speaking after being presented with the Claret Jug on the 18th green, Spieth said: "This is absolutely a dream come true for me". Jordan Spieth is getting himself a reputation for back-nine capitulations on the Sunday of a major.

NASA Warns That Your Eclipse Glasses May Be Unsafe
A major solar eclipse will be taking place on August 21, and NASA needs your help when it comes to collecting data. An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed Sun is with a pinhole projector.

48 dead as heavy monsoon rains lash western India
The situation in the state has intensified in recent days by heavy rain Monday and Tuesday were evacuated about 36 000 people. NDRF along with Air Force has been pressed into the rescue operation , however, ongoing rains are hampering the relief work.

Technology that allows adjustment of genes in a human embryo has been used for the first time in the United States.

In December 2015, a group of worldwide scientists and ethicists, including some from China, assembled by the US National Academy of Sciences said it would be irresponsible to use DNA editing tools to alter the genomes of human embryos, eggs, or sperm until safety, ethical and legal issues were resolved.

Some critics say germline experiments could open the floodgates to a courageous new world of "designer babies" engineered with genetic enhancements-a prospect bitterly opposed by a range of religious organizations, civil society groups, and biotech companies.

But Mitalipov's research, if it passes peer review, would be a significant step for American scientists. CRISPR is a very precise gene-editing tool, but it can sometimes lead to editing errors. "I don't think it's the start of clinical trials yet, but it does take it further than anyone has before", said a scientist familiar with the project. Scientists and bioethicists should agree on rules on what should and should not be done, and then make sure that editors of scientific journals enforce them. But Mitalipov was able to "significantly" reduce mosaicism, according to MIT Technology Review.

The approach has been used previously to edit the HBB gene responsible for a condition called β-thalassaemia.

Other News

Trending Now

'Pissed-Off' Jeff Sessions Won't Give 'Insane' Trump the Satisfaction of Quitting
Steve Bannon in particular has pleaded with Trump to stop going after Sessions, Politico and CNN reported. Allies of Mr Sessions said the Attorney-General was deeply offended by the public berating from his boss.

Eng beat India to win Women's WC
Heather Knight's side struggled to post a competitive total and eventually reached a mediocre score of 228/7 from their 50 overs. Undoubtedly, Indian cricket team was hungry for glory but English eves were, perceptibly throughout the match, hungrier.

Roomba Maps Your Home; CEO Says Data Could Be Sold
The point, however, is that companies do stand to benefit a lot from the home mapping data acquired by the cleaning robot. Let us know what you think down in the comments.

'Mandela's Last Years' withdrawn - Penguin Random House SA
While it is easy to sympathise with some of these sentiments, when it comes to Mandela these issues are far more complex. The department of defence (DOD) had also distanced itself from the book.

Court: Former VW executive to plead guilty in emissions scandal
US prosecutors have gathered more than 4.3 million documents covering more than 40 million pages in the ongoing probe. Others charged are believed to reside in Germany and aren't likely to be extradited to the U.S.to face charges.

MTV announces nominations for the 2017 Video Music Awards
The most unsurprising nomination, however, goes to what can be characterized as both an immigrant and American anthem. HUMBLE .is up against Bruno Mars' 24K Magic , Scars to the handsome by Alessia Cara, Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled ft.

Turkish president meets Qatari leader over Gulf dispute
The list included nine media and charity organizations and nine figures that have direct relations with Qatari authorities; the organizations are based in Yemen and Libya.

The Minneapolis police chief has resigned after the Justine Damond shooting
Damond's family , through their attorney, said they want reforms in the police department. Harteau was the first female or openly gay chief for the city.

Malayalam actress attack case: Kerala High Court rejects Dileep's bail plea
The complaint was filed by Karumalloor gram panchayat president alleging that the actor encroached on a puramboke land. The High court then had withheld its judgement only to announce on Monday that the bail has been rejected.

MS Paint: 'the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated'
In a recent update, it had listed Paint as a feature that would be either removed or no longer developed. The 32-year-old app is arguably one of the simplest yet powerful artistic software available till date.