Advertisements

This Is What You Need To Know About Human Genome Editing

0216CW_Feature_CRISPR_F5_630m

Scientists in the UK have been given a licence to edit the genes of human embryos. A team at the Francis Crick Institute, led by the embryologist Dr Kathy Niakan, applied for the license in September. Now, the Human Fertilisation and Authority (HFEA) has granted the team’s request.

However, this doesn’t mean that the research can now go ahead. There is another hurdle – ethical approval of the study itself. But the granting of a licence is a key step. The team will use a new genetic modification technique called CRISPR, which allows very specific edits to be made to genomes.

They hope that by removing genes from, or adding them to, the early embryo, they will be able to learn more about how healthy embryos develop. The research could help develop treatments for infertility. It could also help research into stem cells, which could lead to other medical breakthroughs.

READ THE REST HERE

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Materialise Medical Blog

behind the scenes of 3D printing

CB Insights - Blog

Discovering, compiling and sharing orthopedic and medical technology news on a daily basis.

My Knee Your Knee

Knee Replacement Surgery on a Knee Replacement Surgeon

TEDMED Blog

Discovering, compiling and sharing orthopedic and medical technology news on a daily basis.

KevinMD.com

Discovering, compiling and sharing orthopedic and medical technology news on a daily basis.

Page Array – Rock Health

Discovering, compiling and sharing orthopedic and medical technology news on a daily basis.

mobihealthnews

mobihealthnews - the daily mHealth industry monitor. Subscribe for our free weekly e-newsletter!

TechCrunch

Startup and Technology News

Sports Medicine Weekly

Brought to You by Dr. Brian Cole & Steve Kashul

OrthoBuzz

Keeping you up-to-date with orthopaedic news

%d bloggers like this: