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Crispr-CAS9 and the promise of simple gene editing

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on December 10, 2013 - 14:00

A top story for this year has got to be the Crispr-CAS9 technique for targeted gene editing. Many of you will be aware of this exciting development in genetics.

The end of antibiotics, period?

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on November 7, 2013 - 22:27

Twenty years ago, I wrote a paper for my high school biology class on the not-much-discussed topic of antibiotic resistance. What I learned seemed like science fiction; due to overuse and improper use of antibiotics, we faced a return to the dark ages before penicillin, when a chance infection could easily spell death and doctors were largely helpless in the face of them.