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An Epigenetics Gold Rush: New Controls for Gene Expression

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Source: Bioethics.com.

Source: Bioethics.com.

February 22, 2017

(Nature) – Nine years later, such research has given birth to an ‘ome of its own, the epitranscriptome. He and others have shown that a methyl group attached to adenine, one of the four bases in RNA, has crucial roles in cell differentiation, and may contribute to cancer, obesity and more. In 2015, He’s lab and two other teams uncovered the same chemical mark on adenine bases in DNA (methyl marks had previously been found only on cytosine), suggesting that the epigenome may be even richer than previously imagined. Research has taken off.

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Why the CRISPR Patent Verdict Isn’t the End of the Story

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Source: Bioethics.com.

Source: Bioethics.com.

February 22, 2017

(Nature) – Berkeley filed for a patent earlier, but the USPTO granted the Broad’s patents first — and this week upheld them. There are high stakes involved in the ruling. The holder of key patents could make millions of dollars from CRISPR–Cas9’s applications in industry: already, the technique has speeded up genetic research, and scientists are using it to develop disease-resistant livestock and treatments for human diseases. But the fight for patent rights to CRISPR technology is by no means over. Here are four reasons why.

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This article was originally published on Bioethics.com under a Creative Commons License.


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