Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Scientists repair mutations in human embryos


Posted on Friday, 29 September, 2017 | Comment icon 11 comments

Could this spell the end for genetic disease ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Nogas1974
For the first time ever, a method known as 'chemical surgery' has been used to fix a faulty human gene.
Researchers in China have succeeded in correcting a single error in more than three billion 'letters' of our genetic code to remove a blood disorder known as beta thalassemia from human embryos.

The breakthrough means that it may one day be possible for parents to have genetic diseases removed from their children before they are even born.

The controversial research, while illegal in most countries, demonstrates that the technique, which is known as 'base editing' or 'chemical surgery', really works.

"For many years, we have been saying that direct gene editing in embryos is some way in to the future," said geneticist Darren Griffin. "Now the future is here and there is much to consider."

"While this is undoubtedly a highly significant advance, it is important not to get carried away about its widespread utility if put into clinical practice. An embryo would still need to be diagnosed as abnormal, then the base editor applied, then re-diagnosed to make sure that it had worked. This would be an involved procedure that would be very expensive."

"In the meantime, the ethical implications of gene manipulation in embryos need a thorough examination where safety is of paramount concern."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (11)

Tags: Chemical Surgery, Gene Editing

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Parsec on 29 September, 2017, 20:00
If stupidity can be cured......
Comment icon #3 Posted by Ashyne on 29 September, 2017, 22:04
Stupidity is a lack of knowledge and knowledge can be acquired.
Comment icon #4 Posted by seanjo on 29 September, 2017, 22:29
Will it fix LGBTP?
Comment icon #5 Posted by qxcontinuum on 30 September, 2017, 4:19
this world wide virus must be cured first.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Parsec on 30 September, 2017, 8:36
Well, mine was just a silly comment. Nope, ignorance is a lack of knowledge, sometimes confused with stupidity. Close-mindeness can be "cured" by knowledge, but unfortunately with stupidy it's not as successful. There are stupid scholars, researchers and scientists and brilliant uneducated people. Now, defining what "stupidity" is, that's another topic altogether. And it diverts considerably from my first silly comment.
Comment icon #7 Posted by RayvenRed on 6 October, 2017, 4:20
Hitler would be so proud.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Rlyeh on 6 October, 2017, 9:08
Of curing diseases?
Comment icon #9 Posted by taniwha on 6 October, 2017, 16:06
We must remove the Hitler gene from embryos.
Comment icon #10 Posted by seanjo on 9 October, 2017, 18:27
And eliminate all theSJW's, antifa'sand PC crowd? Are you sure...
Comment icon #11 Posted by taniwha on 10 October, 2017, 21:22
We need to eliminate the uncertainty gene. Then people will accept...


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6080526
260388
172487

 
Papers found on Blackbeard's ship identified
1-16-2018
Archaeologists have found the answer to one of the Queen Anne's Revenge's most enduring mysteries.
Aztec epidemic mystery may have been solved
1-16-2018
500 years ago, a deadly epidemic known as 'cocoliztli' killed nearly 80 per cent of the Aztec population.
Could giant lasers shoot down space debris ?
1-15-2018
A new study by researchers in China has put forward a novel new way of tackling the problem of space junk.
'Ingredients for life' found in meteorites
1-15-2018
Scientists have found new evidence to suggest that life could have arisen elsewhere in the solar system.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Typing vs handwriting
Posted 1-16-2018 | 2 comments
Is typing on a computer better or worse for your memory then writing on paper ?
 
Can coding help avoid job automation ?
Posted 1-12-2018 | 0 comments
Taking up coding and technical skills to avoid automation may be counter-productive.
 
Dinosaur death match
Posted 1-8-2018 | 0 comments
A look at how various dinosaurs might have fared against the predators of their day.
 
Best records of 2017
Posted 1-4-2018 | 0 comments
A look back at some of the most bizarre and amazing world records of the last year.
 
Did people really put frogs in milk ?
Posted 1-2-2018 | 0 comments
Is it true that people once put frogs in milk in order to stop it from spoiling ?
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
First college apartment
12-31-2017 | Daytona Beach, FL
 
The night my niece was murdered
12-19-2017 | Delhi, Louisiana
 
Mysterious Headlights
12-10-2017 | Morgan County, Alabama
 
Possibly a child ghost
12-10-2017 | Edgewater, Maryland
 
True story about black-eyed kids
12-10-2017 | Portland oregon
 
Alien or paranormal encounter ?
12-10-2017 | United States
 
Ouija board experience
12-10-2017 | Ohio
 
Strange occurrences
11-15-2017 | Fife
 
Mysterious music box song
11-15-2017 | U.S.A
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ