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Science behind medicine and chemistry Nobels, and hepatitis C & its treatment in India

In episode 587 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta analyses the science behind the discovery of hepatitis C virus that won Nobel for Medicine, and CRISPR scissors that got Chemistry Nobel.
INTEGRATE

Columbia scientists capture first images of new tool that will make gene therapies safer

Called INTEGRATE, the new technology can insert large DNA sequences in a genome without the adverse effects associated with popular gene-editing tool CRISPR.
A DNA testing lab (representational image)

Gene editing might alter our DNA, but at the cost of our humanity

Several things can go wrong with gene editing, but bioethicists worry more about the possibilities of modified genes being passed on to future generations.
A DNA testing lab (representational image)

Chinese scientists edit DNA in attempt to cure man’s cancer, HIV

In a step forward in the field of gene editing, Chinese researchers safely treated a man with leukemia and HIV using gene-edited stem cells.
A researcher prepares a sample inside a laboratory in China |

In 2018, scientists found ‘largest animal’, and China took gene-editing too far

In the concluding edition of ScientiFix for 2018, ThePrint takes a look at all the important stories, month-wise, highlighting the most significant developments in the world of science.
A scientist at work in a research lab in Bengaluru | Samyukta Lakshmi/Bloomberg

What Indian scientists achieved in 2018 beyond ISRO and its rocket launches

New and promising scientific technologies in fields ranging from nanotechnology to space weather made headlines this year.
Representational image | Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

India has learnt to live with a bomb, now it must be open to gene editing too

India must not get derailed by Western outrage over gene-edited babies.
He Jiankui at a panel discussion at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong

China condemns scientist’s claim of altering embryo genes but in a bind over its legality

Scientist He Jiankui's claim of altering genes of twin embryos has triggered a backlash from both the China government and scientific community. Shanghai: China is escalating its condemnation of a researcher who said he altered the genes of twin baby girls, as the global scientific community waits for data to assess the veracity of his claims. He Jiankui, the Shenzhen-based scientist, has said he will present his data at an international genetics conference in Hong Kong Wednesday. He shocked the world this week by claiming he altered the genes of the twin embryos to make them resistant to HIV. His representatives have not made him available for comment and he did not respond to questions by email. The revelations have sparked allegations of fraud, three investigations in China and calls from prominent Chinese researchers for him to be punished. Harmonicare Medical Holdings Ltd., which owns the hospital that the researcher said he got...
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Genetically modified Made-in-China babies raise a question — can it really work?

Gene editing is a highly controversial topic. Several scientists think there are ethical and scientific ramifications that we do not understand fully.
File image of He Jiankui | Bloomberg

Gene-Edited Babies Shock the World, But Not Investors

Chinese researcher He Jiankui has used Crispr — a powerful new tool — to help create what may be world’s two first genetically edited babies.

On Camera

If Joe Biden wins US presidential election — prepare for an epic policy hangover

As pleasant as it might be to have a president who isn’t actively destroying the country, there are many areas where Biden will need a better plan & political will to make progress.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China to reveal how it plans to steer economic growth through the 2030s

China’s Communist Party is expected to release two policy blueprints at the end of 4 days of meetings -- Their 5-year plan & a longer strategy document that stretches until 2035.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.