Death in US gene therapy study – Ethical issues

GS Paper 4 Syllabus: Application of Ethics   Source: Associated Press Context: The lone volunteer in a unique study involving a gene-editing technique has died – this has raised concerns regarding the cause behind and ethical issues behind gene editing technology.    Terry Horgan, a 27-year-old died last month. He was under trial with a …

Norms eased for genetically modified crop research:

GS Paper 3: Syllabus: Biotechnology.   Context: The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has issued guidelines easing norms for research into genetically modified (GM) crops and circumventing challenges of using foreign genes to change crops profile. These guidelines are applicable to all public/private organisations involved in research, development and handling of Gene Edited Plants   Overview …

[VIDEO] InstaGS – Gist of Content in short and effective clips for better retention || Gene Editing

  InstaGS is a new initiative of Insights IAS to make the GS preparation better. Important issues are released as short clips which would help in better retention with effective keywords which would serve as fodder for Mains as well as would help in identifying and elimination of options in Prelims Exam. In this video …

CRISPR to control growth of mosquitoes:

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology.   Context: Researchers from California have developed CRISPR-based system to safely restrain mosquito vectors via sterilization. It is called the new precision-guided sterile insect technique, or pgSIT.   How it works? pgSIT is a new scalable genetic control system that …