July 27, 2017
A controversial technique that lets scientists ‘edit’ genes in a human embryo has been successfully used for the first time in the US.
The effort involved changing the DNA of a group one-cell human embryos with the ‘cut and paste’ gene-editing technique, known as CRISPR.
The technique means the next generation may benefit from powerful gene therapies that can delete or repair flawed genes.
It could act as a golden bullet for diseases like cancer, HIV and genetic conditions such as Huntington’s disease.
But some countries have signed a convention prohibiting the practice based on concerns it could be used to create ‘designer babies’.
This article was posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:28 am