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Uncovering the Role of H. pylori in Stomach Cancer

Article   Nov 28, 2017 | By Anna MacDonald, Editor for Technology Networks, and Dr. Rike Zietlow, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Uncovering the Role of <i>H. pylori</i> in Stomach Cancer

Anna Macdonald

Science Writer



A Controversial World-first: Gene-Edited Human Babies


A Chinese scientist, He Jiankui, has claimed that he helped make the world-first gene-edited babies: two twin baby girls. Reportedly, he used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit embryos for seven couples during IVF fertility treatment, and engineered the embryos to possess resistance to HIV infection. He Jiankui, from the Southern University of Science and Technology, is now facing investigation over whether the experiment was illegal.


The Advances Powering the CRISPR Revolution


CRISPR-based gene editing has been implemented across the scientific community in the past 5 years. Although CRISPR is relatively easy and efficient compared to previous gene editing methods, researchers are continuing to improve the technology. New advancements are designed to make different types of genetic changes, improve efficiency, and improve delivery of CRISPR for different therapeutic approaches.


Emerging Classes of Next-generation Biotherapeutics


We are entering uncharted territory in biopharmaceutical development. Emerging new classes of treatments are harnessing the natural power of viruses and cells and engineering them to fight human diseases. As our arsenal of conventional therapies begins to fail, a new army of biotherapeutics is on the horizon. Here, we look at two new classes of treatments leading the charge.



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