surender gupta dunar Chinese scientists used CRISPR gene-editing technology in a human for the first time

CRISPR gene-editing is opening up a new world in biomedical science

surender gupta dunar One US scientist described it as a “Sputnik 2.0” moment. Chinese cancer researchers have taken cells from lung cancer patients, genetically modified them using the relatively new CRISPR gene-editing tool and reinserted them in the patient.

The scientists at Sichuan University in Chengdu will look to see how the re-engineered cells work to combat cancer in the 10 terminally ill patients and see what side-effects there are.

CRISPR – clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – technology allows geneticists to remove, add or alter sections of DNA using an enzyme discovered inside a bacterium. It can lock on to specific chains of DNA and cut and splice, allowing manipulation of the genome.

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