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CRISPR Corrects Disease Mutation in Human Embryos

04:49 EDT 3 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

You may want your children to inherit your blue eyes, your sharp wit, or your athletic prowess. You may not, however, wish to pass on your genetic mutations that are associated with chronic disease and mortality. With the help of CRISPR and a bait-and-switch of genetic material, scientists may soon be able to halt the inheritance of gene-based diseases across generations. In the near-term, investigators are specifically looking at how genes can be repaired to avoid disease. The technique would likely be reserved for serious conditions that have few existing treatment options; researchers have not yet evaluated the clinical applicability of “designer babies,” wherein parents pick and choose the traits they would like their children to possess. "This research significantly advances scientific understanding of the procedures that would be necessary to ensure the safety and efficacy of germline gene correction," said Daniel Dorsa, Ph.D., senior vice president ...

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