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Repair the altered gene

This technique inserts, removes, or changes specific pieces of a person’s existing DNA.

To treat diseases, scientists are exploring ways to edit pieces of DNA at precise spots along the gene. The goal of gene editing is to change the existing gene and correct mutations where they occur.

While several types of editing have been developed, one of them is called clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, or CRISPR, which is a lot easier to say. It is used to change DNA sequences and gene function.

Gene editing has been studied since the 1980s. Clinical trials with many different kinds of genetic diseases are ongoing to further investigate its safety and efficacy.  

 

More information on Gene Editing coming soon

Illustration of a gene being snipped