U.K approved Gene editing experiments

Britain’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority is the first to approve gene editing experiments on human embryo. Gene editing involves deleting, repairing or replacing bits of DNA inside living cells in a biological cut and paste technique.

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London will experiment on human embryos to understand the earliest stages of development. This research could help doctors to refine fertility treatment, by enhancing understanding of in vitro fertilization. This could also lead to treatment of conditions such as inherited disorders such as muscular dystrophy and sickle cell disease.

References:
Britain approves controversial gene- editing technique, bigstory.ap.org
U.K first to approve gebe editing of human embryos for research, https://www.sciencenews.org
U.K researchers receives permission to edit genes in human embryos, www.sciencemag.org

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