December 3, 2013 | Reshma

Feeling unwell? Forget pills... the future of medicine could be surgically repairing our own DNA. Sounds a bit sci-fi? Well a company in Cambridge, Massachusetts hopes to offer a new type of genetic surgery.

The technology uses special enzymes that can target precise positions of mutations in a gene and then snip them out. It's like having extremely accurate genetic scissors. I think it's mind-blowing how far modern medicine has come!

This research appears in the 3 December 2013 issue of the journal Nature.

 

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This new way of 'snipping' out faulty genes is easier to use than previous methods.

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brian costello

December 30, 2013 at 08:17

We as a race have gone down a path we can not turn back from and only invention and tec will keep us ahead of what is to come.

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