CRISPR offshoot still makes mistakes editing DNA, raising concerns about its medical use

Variations of the genome editor CRISPR have wowed biology labs around the world over the past few years because they can precisely change single DNA bases. But such “base editors” can have a serious weakness. A pair of studies published this week shows that one kind of base editor causes many unwanted—and potentially dangerous— “off-target” genetic changes.

Editing Biosecurity

This study highlights the changing safety and security landscape engendered by the emergence of new genome editing technologies, helps policy-makers and other stakeholders navigate this space, and illuminates broader trends in the life sciences that may impact the biosecurity landscape.

ICABT 2018 6th International Conference on Agriculture and Biotechnology (ICABT 2018)

The 2018 6th International Conference on Agriculture and Biotechnology (ICABT 2018) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand,December 19-21, 2018. ICABT 2018 is sponsored by the Hong Kong Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (HKCBEES) and Chulaongkorn University, Thailand.