There is perhaps no tougher event in the immunity games than the vaccination all-around. Live-attenuated vaccines score high on efficacy, but they lack both speed (new formulations take months to produce) and endurance (they have short shelf lives). In addition, they have to work hard to avoid losing points on safety. Purified antigen vaccines have […]
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Gene drives, which could theoretically engineer entire species, are a much-ballyhooed but little tested application for CRISPR-based genetic engineering. Gene drives would bias inheritance in sexual reproduction, with drive alleles passing themselves on nearly 100% of the time, instead of the 50% for normal Mendelian inheritance. Including a CRISPR effector like Cas9, a guide RNA, […]
If you’ve been following nutrition studies hoping for diet advice, you may have noticed it’s complicated. First fat is bad, then it’s just saturated fat, then just trans fat, then actually it’s sugar. This may cause some to throw their hands up in frustration (grabbing a Twinkie from the top shelf while they’re up there), […]
Fall in San Diego means great weather, uncrowded beaches, and lovely surf, which means we’re not leaving. That’s good news for you though as we’re sending our community members to cover these great upcoming conferences. Please have a look at each of these and respond using the form at the footer of this post if […]
The English sea captain and politician Sir Francis Drake believed in “sic parvis magna”, or “greatness from small beginnings”. While he hasn’t been around to see the recent explosion in organoid (or mini-organ) research, we are sure he would be impressed. Measuring a few millimeters in diameter and produced via three-dimensional differentiation of stem cells, […]