UK scientists gain approval to edit genes in human embryos

Feb-12
 

UK scientists have gained approval to use the new “gene editing” technique on human embryos for research, announced HFEA, UK’s fertility regulator. The approval came through, after a group at the Francis Crick Institute led by group leader, Dr Kathy Niakan applied for a research license to use CRISPR-Cas9 to understand the genes, human embryos need to develop successfully. It is purely meant for research purposes and will look at the first seven days of a fertilized egg’s development (from a single cell to around 250 cells).

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