Can the New Gene Editing Breakthrough Prevent Heart Defects?

Can the New Gene Editing Breakthrough Prevent Heart Defects?

A team of American and South Korean scientists has announced that, for the first time ever, they have been able to specifically edit a gene in a human embryo to prevent a heart defect. But what does this mean for science and bioethics? Researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University, the Salk Institute and the Institute for Basic Science wanted to see if they could correct a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Also known as HCM, this disease is a genetic and hereditary disease caused by a mutation in one gene — making it an ideal candidate for...

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