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CRISPR/Cas9: the double-edged sword of molecular biology

In recent months the media outlets lit up with the news that a team of scientists have successfully used CRISPR/Cas gene editing technique to repair a gene causing a common form of heart disease in human embryos. Following this recent breakthrough the public has been left divided both expressing excitement and concern over modern scientific capabilities. The CRISPR/Cas technology used to modify embryos is a simplistic immune system of… Read more

Backyard Biology - How DIY Biotech is Sparking New Public Interest

Thermal cyclers, centrifuges, incubators, pipette tips and Eppendorf tubes - biological research has long been an expensive exercise under the exclusive purview of research institutions with vast budgets and swathes of graduate students. However, a growing social movement is trying to change this attitude, putting the biological sciences back in… Read more