"A group of Chinese scientists just reported that they modified the genome of human embryos."

This was never done before


Thu, Apr 23rd, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Although not everyone is fond of a new genome editing technique, Nature News reports that Chinese scientists were able to modify the genome of human embryos, "something that has never been done in the history of the world."

Specifically, the team tried to modify a gene in a non-viable embryo that would have been responsible for a deadly blood disorder. But they noted in the study that they encountered serious challenges, suggesting there are still significant hurdles before clinical use becomes a reality.

CRISPR, the technology that makes all this possible, can find bad sections of DNA and cut them and even replace them with DNA that doesn't code for deadly diseases, but it can also make unwanted substitutions. Its level of accuracy is still very low.



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