CRISPR Cures Inherited Disorder in Mice

CRISPR Cures Inherited Disorder in Mice
Cailey Cotner/UC Berkeley via AP

Nearly 40 years after surgeons first operated on fetuses to cure devastating abnormalities, researchers have taken the first step toward curing genetic disease before birth via genome editing: scientists reported on Monday that they used the genome editing technique CRISPR to alter the DNA of laboratory mice in the womb, eliminating an often-fatal liver disease before the animals had even been born.

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