First U.S. Patients Treated with CRISPR as Human Gene-Editing Trials Get Underway

First U.S. Patients Treated with CRISPR as Human Gene-Editing Trials Get Underway

Source: NPR

Scientists have long hoped CRISPR — a technology that allows scientists to make very precise modifications to DNA — could eventually help cure many diseases. And now scientists are taking tangible first steps to make that dream a reality. For example, NPR has learned that a U.S. CRISPR study that had been approved for cancer at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has finally started. A university spokesman on Monday confirmed for the first time that two patients had been treated using CRISPR.

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