"Most biologists aren't interested in making designer babies or mutant species."

CRISPR works


Thu, Dec 31st, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On NPR, Joe Palca speaks to various scientists who are using CRISPR-Cas9 to modify the genes in living cells to understand how they work. While "most" are not interested in "making designer babies or mutant species" (so, uhm, does this mean some are?), the experiments may eventually allow for the eradication of HIV, stopping cancer, and making plants less vulnerable to disease.

"The work we're doing now is to use CRISPR-Cas technology to delete HIV genome from infected cells, such that the cell can be cured completely," says Ramesh Akkina, a virologist at Colorado State. Right now he is perfecting that trick in cells in the lab, but he is working on a scheme to do it in patients as well.



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