The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the cusp of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering.
With the Broad Institute’s big win on Wednesday in its battle over key patents on the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology, everything is now crystal clear. Kidding! The University of California seemed to be the loser, since the patent judges denied its effort to effectively block the Broad’s patents.
Braving a funding ban put in place by America’s top health agency, some U.S. research centers are moving ahead with attempts to grow human tissue inside pigs and sheep with the goal of creating hearts, livers, or other organs needed for transplants.