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Maker of new gene therapy vector launches its second company, looking to zero in on rare skin conditions

Maker of new gene therapy vector launches its second company, looking to zero in on rare skin conditions – Endpoints News (endpts.com)

Turns Out Fighting Mosquitoes With Mosquitoes Actually Works

New evidence indicates that an effort to stamp out disease-carrying insects is working. The key? Mosquitoes genetically engineered to kill off their own kind.

Turns Out Fighting Mosquitoes With Mosquitoes Actually Works | WIRED

Rethinking cancer targeting strategies in the era of smart cell therapeutics

Rethinking cancer targeting strategies in the era of smart cell therapeutics | Nature Reviews Cancer

Watch this robot dog scramble over tricky terrain just by using its camera

Unlike most existing robots, which rely heavily on internal maps to get around, this robot uses vision and reinforcement learning.

Watch this robot dog scramble over tricky terrain just by using its camera | MIT Technology Review

FDA approves first gene therapy for hemophilia B

The treatment, which is for the less common “B” form of the bleeding disorder, will be sold in the U.S. by maker CSL for $3.5 million.

FDA approves first gene therapy for hemophilia B | BioPharma Dive

Will pigs solve the organ crisis? The future of animal-to-human transplants

This year, surgeons transplanted the first pig organs into human recipients. Researchers are keen to launch more human trials.

Will pigs solve the organ crisis? The future of animal-to-human transplants (nature.com)

A French Village’s Radical Vision of a Good Life with Alzheimer’s

Every resident of the Village Landais has dementia—and the autonomy to spend each day however they please.

A French Village’s Radical Vision of a Good Life with Alzheimer’s | The New Yorker

CRISPR tools found in thousands of viruses could boost gene editing

Phages probably picked up DNA-cutting systems from microbial hosts, and might use them to fight other viruses.

CRISPR tools found in thousands of viruses could boost gene editing (nature.com)

The future of engineered immune cell therapies

The future of engineered immune cell therapies | Science

The emerging era of cell engineering: Harnessing the modularity of cells to program complex biological function

The emerging era of cell engineering: Harnessing the modularity of cells to program complex biological function | Science

Ethics guidelines for human enhancement R&D

Ethics guidelines for human enhancement R&D | Science

COVID-19 Triggers Brain Inflammation Similar to Parkinson’s and Other Neurodegenerative Conditions

COVID-19 Triggers Brain Inflammation Similar to Parkinson’s and Other Neurodegenerative Conditions | Inside Precision Medicine

We can now use cells from dead people to create new life. But who gets to decide?

This is why it's important to tell partners or parents whether you’d want your eggs, sperm or embryos to be used after you’ve died.

We can now use cells from dead people to create new life. But who gets to decide? | MIT Technology Review