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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.

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

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If the USDA approves it, this would be the first use of genetic modification for conservation purposes

Colleen J Mulvihill, University of Texas at Austin

Comment 3 peer comments

Why I'm quitting GMO research

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Devang Mehta, University of Alberta

Comment 3 peer comments

Earth's weirdest creatures are genetic treasure chests

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Joshua Peters, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Comment 1 peer comment

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

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Abrahim El Gamal, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Comment 1 peer comment

How CRISPR proteins work together to capture foreign DNA

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Alireza Edraki, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Inside the effort to create entire genomes from scratch

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Yes, even human ones

Devang Mehta, University of Alberta