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Monday, May 18, 2015

First human embryos genetically modified – more will come

Human embryos have been genetically modified for the first time <i>(Image: Yorgos Nikas/SPL)</i>The prospect of genetically engineering humans has
come a step closer, with the publication of the first paper to describe
efforts to modify embryos. There is a long way to go before we can
safely tinker with our genes, but at least one group in the US and four in China are aiming to edit human embryos: this will be the first of many studies.
The work was done using a gene editing technique called CRISPR (pronounced "crisper").
The idea of gene editing is to make specific changes in a particular gene, just as you might correct a spelling mistake. Gene editing has been around for decades, but in organisms other than mice it used to be difficult, expensive and time-consuming.
The CRISPR method – the name refers to
characteristic sets of repeating chunks of DNA known as "clustered
regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats" – developed in just the
past few years, has changed all that, allowing biologists to achieve in
weeks what used to take years.

The ease, speed and cheapness of CRISPR has made
it possible for more people to experiment with gene editing. Last month,
it was reported that a handful of teams are trying to modify human embryos using the method. Now one of those teams, led by Junjiu Huang at the
Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, has published its results.  Read more,,,


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