Jennifer Doudna

CRISPR baby moratorium grows likely with rising tide of support including from biotech

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Trying to make a CRISPR baby any time soon would be a really bad idea. How bad? Last December 3rd I penned a piece for STAT News arguing for a moratorium on the heritable use of CRISPR in humans. This potential future, radical application of “gene editing” is now often colloquially referred to as “CRISPR …

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CRISPR update: lots of new pubs, news, & maybe a patent finale

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Sometimes it seems like a bunch of stuff in one area, like with CRISPR this week, happens all of a sudden in science. A bunch of fairly high-profile gene editing pubs came out. They generated a lot of news reports. Other news in this arena popped up too, all within a few days. In vivo …

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Why UC Berkeley deserves the main CRISPR patent

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Some months back a USPTO court issued a ruling that most interpreted as meaning the Broad Institute had won the so-called ‘CRISPR patent battle’ in the U.S. and that UC Berkeley, Jennifer Doudna, and Emmanuelle Charpentier had lost. Now this week Berkeley has appealed that ruling. It seems the odds are against Berkeley prevailing in its appeal, but frankly …

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Does Word Cloud of Lander’s Heroes of CRISPR Text Suggest Bias?

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Eric Lander’s recent piece in Cell on The Heroes of CRISPR has sparked strong reactions that are mostly critical and have argued that the article is biased. I’m going to weigh in with my own thoughts at some point later, but I thought it would be interesting to try a word cloud-based text mining of the Lander …

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Patent expert weighs in on CRISPR dispute between UC & Broad

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The patent dispute on CRISPR between UC/Jennifer Doudna and The Broad/Feng Zhang has been the subject of major attention including in a recent piece on Stanford Center for Law & Biosciences Blog. There is a lot of confusion over this important CRISPR dispute so I turned to a patent expert for their take on this via an interview …

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Cool biomed blogs you may not heard of: a drugmonkey, a med student, #CRISPR, & more

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Science blogging is somewhat of a communal exercise. At least, it should be and cool biomed blogs are a great community. One of the most invigorating aspects of blogging is finding new blogs that are worthwhile and edgy. Below I list some of my recommendations for blogs that you might not be familiar with, but …

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New #CRISPR updates: Editas to go public, patent issues, dragons & more

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A lot has been going on in the CRISPR world. Here are some key CRISPR updates. Editas has filed the paperwork on the road to going public as a company. Such an IPO, should it come to fruition, could raise billions of dollars. Will the other CRISPR companies like Caribou and CRISPR Therapeutics follow suit? Simplistically, …

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Watch Jennifer Doudna and I talking #CRISPR tonight on PBS NewsHour

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I just finished filming a segment for PBS NewsHour, their national nightly news show along with Jennifer Doudna.   It will air tonight. Take a look. Gwen Ifill interviewed Doudna and me about CRISPR and human genetic modification. I’ve pasted the video in YouTube Above. You can read my interview with Dr. Doudna on The …

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Live Blogging #GeneEditSummit Day 1 Post #2: State of the Science, #CRISPR

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Now we hear from the scientists on the front lines of CRISPR, covered in this post #2 of the Human Gene Editing Meeting. You can read Post #1 here. Jennifer Doudna starts off the big human gene editing science session on the current state of the human gene editing science and CRISPR. She gave an …

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Live Blogging NAS Human Gene Editing Summit: #GeneEditSummit

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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS)  summit on Human Gene Editing will begin in a few days on December 1 in Washington, D.C. This summit is in part the extension of discussions that started at a more informal meeting on CRISPR earlier this year in Napa organized by Jennifer Doudna and colleagues. The NAS meeting …

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