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Gene editing trials on humans kickstart in U.S.

Devdiscourse News Desk philadelphia United States
Updated: 17-04-2019 22:49 IST
Gene editing trials on humans kickstart in U.S.

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The first human trials of the controversial gene editing technology called CRISPR, has officially started in the US.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, are conducting a powerful experiment on cancer patients. As NPR reports, one patient had multiple myeloma and another one had sarcoma. Both the patients had relapsed after undergoing the standard treatment.

CRISPR is a technique in which modifications are made at the DNA level, with the potential to cure many diseases. A Chinese scientist, He Jiankui, used the technique to edit genes in human embryos that are now the world's first CRISPR twins.

(With inputs from agencies.)

COUNTRY : United States