UK scientists gain approval to edit genes in human embryos


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).