Jan 6, 2016

Gene Editing Treats Disease In A Living Animal For The First Time

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

In a landmark study, researchers have used gene editing system CRISPR-Cas9 to treat a model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in mice

Proof of concept for future human treatment

While safety is still a concern, the use of gene editing methods to treat disease in adult patients isn’t controversial. Altering embryos is entirely different to treating an adult, predominantly as the implications are profound and an embryo obviously cannot give permission.

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