Can you alter DNA to cure blood diseases like thalassemia? Engineers look into peptide nucleic acid molecules to explore the possibilities!
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New gene-editing technology successfully cures a genetic blood disorder in mice
A next-generation gene-editing system developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University scientists has successfully cured a genetic blood disorder in living mice using a simple IV treatment. Unlike the popular CRISPR gene-editing technique, the new technology can be administered to living animals and it significantly decreases unwanted, off-target gene mutations.
A New Way to Hack Genes Holds Promise for Disease Cures
If you’re born today with the blood disorder beta thalassemia, it’s a life sentence. The genetic condition – the result of a single mutation on chromosome 11 – cripples the body’s ability to produce enough red blood cells. Severe cases require a lifetime of blood transfusions to fight off anemia, and there’s no cure.
CRISPR Gene-Edited Cells Get First Human Test
Chinese scientists say that have tested a revolutionary, but controversial, gene-editing technique in a living person for the first time. Until now, the technique known as CRISPR/Cas9, had only been tested in lab animals.
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