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Gene editing can't help human fetuses yet, but it just made a big leap in mice

A promising proof of concept.
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There's been a promising development in gene editing mice.

A new paper, published today in Nature Medicine, lends weight to the idea that someday, we may be able to use a form of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to treat genetic diseases in human children before they’re even born. The researchers who worked on the mouse study say they’re pleased with the results, but stress that the results are a far cry from being able to provide treatment to human fetuses.

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