Gene Editing Technique could Cause Serious, Irreversible Consequences among Human Beings

March 23, 2015 12:20 PM

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Gene Editing Technique could Cause Serious, Irreversible Consequences among Human Beings

Inventors of a new technique to edit genes have warned people to refrain from the use of their discovery to avoid the serious and even irreversible consequences. The technique is known as CRISPR-Cas9 and it is widely used with animal cells, but the creators have given a clarion message that it is not yet ready for testing on human samples.

Once genes are modified with the help of the technique, the newly edited DNA will be then passed on to future generations. The problem is really worrisome and the researchers need to conduct future studies to make the technique safe for use in human beings.

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