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First human embryos are edited in the US in a controversial step towards creating ‘designer babies’

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Daily Mail
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’.

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