We have facilitated numerous STAT News featured articles on digital health startups, biopharma announcements, CRISPR technology, COVID-19 testing, and industry reports.

Expert panel lays out guidelines for germline editing, while warning against pursuit of ‘CRISPR babies’

Drew Joseph covers a long awaited report detailing the steps that scientists should go through before attempting to create gene-edited babies should countries ever greenlight the procedure. The report will inform the work of a World Health Organization advisory committee, which is constructing a system to govern genome editing research.

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‘Carnage’ in a lab dish shows how the coronavirus may damage the heart

Elizabeth Cooney covers a study from the Gladstone Institutes explaining how COVID-19 can cause severe structural damage in heart muscle cells, which could potentially lead to myocarditis. Their cardiac model could be essential to quickly identifying these critical signs in patients, especially athletes, and preventing the coronavirus from spreading in the heart and to other vital organs.

Click here to read the article and here for “New Insights into How COVID-19 Causes Heart Damage” on the Gladstone Institutes website.

Image of healthy heart muscle cells and SARS-CoV-2 infected heart cells with fragmented sarcomeres


CRISPR pioneer Doudna opens lab to run Covid-19 tests

Matt Herper covers how a team of academic and industry researchers led by Jennifer Doudna, the researcher best known for her role in the discovery of the gene editing technology called CRISPR, turned a 2,500-square-foot scientific laboratory into a facility for running medical tests to detect the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

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The Bio Revolution is changing business and society

A First Opinion piece touching upon key themes explored in McKinsey Global Institute’s research report “The Bio Revolution: Innovations transforming economies, societies, and our lives.”

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Following ‘CRISPR babies’ scandal, senators call for international gene editing guidelines

Andrew Joseph covers how a bipartisan trio of senators introduced a resolution underscoring their opposition to the 2018 experiments in China that led to the birth of the world’s first genome-edited babies.

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Patent office reopens major CRISPR battle between Broad Institute and Univ. of California

Sharon Begley covers how the U.S. patent office declared an interference between a dozen key patents awarded to the Broad Institute on the genome-editing technology CRISPR and 10 CRISPR patent applications submitted by the University of California and its partners.

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GSK partners with CRISPR pioneer Doudna to search for new drugs

Matt Herper covered GlaxoSmithKline’s announcement that it would team up with some of the nation’s most prominent CRISPR researchers to use the gene-editing technology in a search for new medicines, establishing a new lab in San Francisco and spending up to $67 million over five years.

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Image of Jennifer Doudna and Jonathan Weissman in lab


The mark of a job well done for a CRISPR lobbyist? Silence in Congress

Nicholas Florko covers lawmakers and CRISPR companies approach to make sure experimental treatments entering the clinic are unimpeded by government bureaucracies.

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Illustration of CRISPR book in front of Congress building


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