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Thu, 03/16/2017

Prepared statement of Dr. Kenneth A. Oye, Director, Program on Emerging Technologies, Professor, Political Science and Data, Systems and Society, Massachusetts Institute...

Tue, 03/22/2016

This white paper provides responses to questions posed in the October 2015 request for comment on revision of the Coordinated Framework and offers recommendations on long term...

Tue, 03/15/2016

There is a new genetic technology which promises to revolutionise agriculture and transform our influence over the natural world. Research is well underway to create pigs and chickens immune to pandemic influenza, cereals which make their own fertiliser and mosquitoes engineered to wipe out wild...

Mon, 02/15/2016

In the last couple of years, a new genetic technology has taken the world of medical and biological research by storm. It is known as CRISPR and it allows scientists to change the DNA code of any organism precisely, quickly and cheaply. The A's, G's, C's and T's of the genetic code have never...

Mon, 05/18/2015

Kenneth A. Oye, J. Chappell H. Lawson, & Tania Bubela
Nature, 18 May 2015

Writing in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have announced a new method that could make it easier to produce drugs such as morphine. The...

Mon, 05/18/2015

New potential for “homemade” opiates raises oversight issues. Writing in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have announced a new method that could make it easier to produce drugs such as morphine. The publication has focused...

Tue, 05/12/2015

The use of genome-modification tools in wild species must be properly governed to avoid irreversible damage to ecosystems, says Jeantine Lunshof.

Gene editing is a hot topic following a flurry of interest in the use of CRISPR tools to modify human embryos. As an ethicist in a genome-...

Fri, 12/19/2014

Julie McNamara, Shlomiya Bar-Yam Lightfoot, Kelly Drinkwater, Evan Appleton and Kenneth Oye
ACS Synthetic Biology, December 2014

iGEM has spent the past decade encouraging teams to push their projects to the frontiers of synthetic biology. However, as project complexity increases,...

Tue, 10/07/2014

George Church is a genetics pioneer whose research spans treating diseases, altering bodies and a desire to breed woolly mammoths

HE IS a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, but George Church is also a vegan, cannot hold a tune, gave up driving due to narcolepsy and...

Tue, 08/19/2014

Genes in sexually reproducing organisms typically have a 50 percent chance of being inherited. Some genes have naturally evolved methods of improving these odds; these are called “gene drives.” The genomes of almost every sexually reproducing species contain either active gene drives or remnants...