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Editing DNA to repair “broken genes

Saturday, November 19, 2016 20:02
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Mia De Graaf reports at Daily Mail,

Scientists have discovered how to edit DNA to repair ‘broken genes’ to cure incurable diseases – and potentially extend human lifespan.

Until now, it has not been possible to alter genes in the brain, heart, liver and eyes – the root of many debilitating illnesses.

Since the cells in these vital organs tend not to divide, it is difficult to gain access to make changes.
However, researchers at the Salk Institute claim to have landed on ‘the holy grail of gene editing’, which can delicately and smoothly cut through DNA.

So far the technique, called HITI, has been used to successfully restore blindness in lab mice.
Lead researcher Professor Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte insists that is nothing compared to the changes the technique could have in the decades to come.

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