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Study: CRISPR Gene Editing Can Cause Risky Collateral DNA Damage





Scientists studying the effects of the potentially game-changing gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 have found it can cause unexpected genetic damage which could lead to dangerous changes in some cells.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology on Monday, have safety implications for gene therapies that are being developed using CRISPR/Cas9 — a type of molecular scissor technology that can be used to edit DNA.

They also add to findings published last month which suggested the CRISPR gene-editing tool may inadvertently increase cancer risk in some cells.

“We found that changes in the DNA have been seriously underestimated before now,” said Allan Bradley, a read more >>>

Source:: VOANews.Com

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