diseases

Gene editing could eliminate mosquitoes, but is it a good idea?

Researchers have rendered a population of mosquitoes in a lab sterile using the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 by homing in on a specific target in insect DNA -- the doublesex gene -- raising the possibility of eradicating disease-carrying species of the insect entirely, according to a new study published Monday in Nature Biotechnology.

FDA concludes examination of Parkinson's drug

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it had not identified any "new or unexpected safety findings" related to a drug used to treat psychosis in Parkinson's patients, though it did find potentially troubling prescribing practices.