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Simple Yes, Precise No

Newest Gene Editing Method Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Friday, June 28, 2013
Genome editing – the ability to change a DNA sequence at a specific site in the genome – could be useful for improving the scientific understanding, and ultimately the treatment, of a multitude of diseases. But scientists reported last week that what is currently the simplest technology for gene editing, CRISPR, is not always precise as would be necessary either for therapeutic applications, or for unambiguous scientific data.

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