CRISPR Cures Inherited Disorder in Mice, Paving Way for Genetic Therapy Before Birth

October 8, 2018

(STAT News) – Nearly 40 years after surgeons first operated on fetuses to cure devastating abnormalities, researchers have taken the first step toward curing genetic disease before birth via genome editing: scientists reported on Monday that they used the genome editing technique CRISPR to alter the DNA of laboratory mice in the womb, eliminating an often-fatal liver disease before the animals had even been born.

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