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Designer Genes

Genetic engineering is one of the most fascinating corners of scientific inquiry right now, but the headlines you see daily aren't telling the full story. So, we asked scientists on the cutting edge to share their perspectives on the breakthroughs that will shape our future.

Ambitious gene editing needs an ambitious pair of scissors

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Amit Choudhary speaks about being agnostic to scientific disciplines, and the power of CRISPR/Cas9

Alyssa Shepard, The Scripps Research Institute

Genetic engineering can save the American chestnut tree from a deadly fungus

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Colleen J Mulvihill, University of Texas at Austin

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Why I'm quitting GMO research

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Devang Mehta, University of Alberta

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Earth's weirdest creatures are genetic treasure chests

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Joshua Peters, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Lab-grown leather and spider silk are the future of your wardrobe

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Abrahim El Gamal, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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How CRISPR proteins work together to capture foreign DNA

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Alireza Edraki, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Why 'designer babies' won't be here anytime soon

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Human embryos are uniquely resistant to inserting foreign DNA via CRISPR

Jay Bassan, University of Toronto