Monday, June 12, 2017

The Very Real Dangers of New Gene-Editing Technology

By Dr. Mercola CRISPR gene-editing technology has been taking the medical world by storm, showing potential for treating diseases ranging from cancer to type 2 diabetes. The technology has been moving full-steam ahead, with a trial in humans already started, even as the repercussions of gene editing remain largely unknown. A new study has highlighted the uncertainties, showing that unintended mutations may result when you dice and splice the human genome, but it’s too soon to say whether the mutations are a cause for alarm. What Is CRISPR? This video may not play in all browsers. CRISPR, or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat, is at the most basic level a very precise way of tinkering with genes. Whereas gene editing was once a very imprecise and expensive process, scientists can now go into your DNA and essentially cut and paste it at specified places. The technology can be traced back to bacteria, which protect themselves by cutting out invading viruses’ DNA

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