A disease-causing mutation has just been corrected by scientists using gene editing in early stage human embryos.
The technique used, corrected, at the earliest stage of embryonic development, the mutation for a heart condition, preventing the defect from being passed on to future generations.
The work is a collaboration between the Salk Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, and Korea’s Institute for Basic Science. This development could lead the way towards better outcomes in in vitro fertilization (IVF), as well as pave the way towards finding cures for diseases caused by mutations of single genes.
Read more about this groundbreaking study, here.