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May 30, 2017

Gene-editing technique scientists hope will cure cancer and all inherited disease found to have dangerous flaw

  • Science
  • Genetics/Genomics

The Independent – It has been hailed as a cure for cancer and all forms of inherited disease.

But scientists have now discovered that a system for editing the genes of living creatures can have a potentially dangerous side-effect – causing unintended mutations. […]

Writing in the journal Nature Methods, researchers in the US described how they had used Crispr-Cas9 to restore sight to blind mice.

However, when they then sequenced the entire genome of the animals, they found two had more than 1,500 small mutations and more than 100 larger deletions and insertions of genetic material.

Read more at The Independent.