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Gene Editing Approved For UK Scientists

March 17, 2016 1:00 pm Leave your thoughts

The UK is the first country to gain approval for a DNA altering technique in human embryos.  Approval was granted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), an independent regulator overseeing human embryo research. Dr Kathy Niakan will lead this work. When asked why she requested permission to edit the embryos, she stated, “We would really like to understand the genes needed for a human embryo to develop successfully into a healthy baby. The reason why it is so important is because miscarriages and infertility are extremely common, but they’re not very well understood.” The Relationship between Genetic Editing and IVF Treatments This type of genetic editing will offer hope for further understanding the blastocyst stage, in which cells... View Article