Sunday, July 30, 2017

Very first edited embryos through DNA modification.

A research team from Oregon Health and Science University have accomplished edited DNA embryos, the first of its kind. According to U.S. News, Dr. Shoukhrat Mitalipov and his team used CRISPR which is a gene editing technology that modifies genes indefinitely and changed the DNA of single-cell embryos that are likely born into living humans. There has been research about edited human embryos however there were issues towards modified embryos but Mitalipov had found a solution to the "off-targeting" issue when using CRISPR and DNA. This achievement could change genetics and the future of human diseases for generations to come. While this is terrific news, it could also bring controversy. Gene modification is said to be a factor towards possible weapons of mass destruction and the so called "designer babies" but the National Academy of Medicine has approved of this and said that it this new discovery needs "serious consideration"

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