Julie Borg

Julie is a clinical psychologist and writer who lives in Dayton, Ohio. She reports on science and intelligent design for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital.

Nature Communications

A birth defect breakthrough

Science | Researchers cure a genetic disease in unborn mice
by Julie Borg
Posted 8/13/18, 12:41 pm

Each year an estimated 8 million children are born worldwide with severe genetic disorders. During pregnancy, genetic disorders can impair fetal development and lead to birth defects, but currently no approved medical treatments exist to correct gene mutations before birth.

Now, in a study published on June 26 in Nature Communications, researchers from Carnegie Mellon and Yale universities used a unique gene modification method to correct gene mutations in mice early in embryonic development.

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The last straw for environmentalists

Science | Research and market analysis shows straw bans won’t do much for the ocean
by Julie Borg
Posted 8/09/18, 12:42 pm

Who would have thought a 9-year-old boy’s school project could mushroom into a frenzied environmental campaign to ban the plastic straw?

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CRISPR danger

Science | New study points to unintended consequences of gene-editing technique
by Julie Borg
Posted 7/26/18, 01:55 pm

Research conducted in 2012 at the University of California, Berkeley, paved the way for using CRISPR-Cas9 technology to genetically engineer animal and human DNA. Scientists soon began touting the gene-editing tool as a marvel with the potential to cure and prevent a wide variety of diseases. But researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute recently published a study in Nature Methods that shows that use of CRISPR may cause a great deal of unintended genetic damage.

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