CRISPR and CORONAVIRUS

As I write this post, we still don’t really know. But here are some ways scientists are using CRISPR to fight the coronavirus that causes Covid-19: 1. TESTING As I mentioned in my brief post titled CRISPR and COVID, the first test for Covid-19 using CRISPR was approved for use in the US by the […]

CRISPR and SPACE

Sound like something from a low budget science fiction film? Maybe. But let’s take a look at what kinds of changes might be necessary for humans to be able to live happily ever after somewhere far, far away.  BECOMING ALIEN There are lots of things we’d have to consider in adapting ourselves to life on […]

CRISPR and VISION

LCA10 Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA) is the leading cause of blindness in childhood. The symptoms of LCA vary, but most people born with the condition are legally blind. They may only be able to differentiate between dark and light and see limited movement. There are several types of LCA. Type 10 is caused by a […]

CRISPR and CATS

ALLERGIES Over 10% of people are allergic to cats. For them, the gentle purr of a feline friend comes with anything from sneezing and sniffling to skin rashes and asthma. So what do you do if you love cats (or hate mice) but can’t breathe when Fluffy is around? The options are limited: Antihistamines (pills […]

CRISPR and COFFEE

HOW TO DO DECAF There are several different ways to decaffeinate coffee. The most common methods involve soaking unroasted coffee beans and adding a solvent to draw the caffeine out of the bean. If you enjoy your java sans caffeine, you may want to stop reading now. But if you want to know more, here’s some detail: […]