Saturday, March 26, 2016

Scientists Just Removed HIV from Human Immune Cells Using CRISPR Gene-Editing

From the article: 
Using the much-touted CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing method, scientists have demonstrated how they can edit HIV out of human immune cell DNA, and in doing so, can prevent the reinfection of unedited cells too.
If you haven't heard of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique before, get ready to hear a whole lot more about it in 2016, because it's set to revolutionise how we investigate and treat the root causes of genetic disease. It allows scientists to narrow in on a specific gene, and cut-and-paste parts of the DNA to change its function.

Gene editing.  Soon to become a blessing and a curse.  Kinda like lots of other things in life.  There are no easy answers.