Monkeys born with edited genes

DNA-snipping technique inspired by bacteria shows therapeutic promise

By Tina Hesman Saey, 11:23 AM February 1, 2014

The birth of two monkeys in China provides hope that a new type of gene therapy may one day help correct genetic defects in people.

The two cynomolgus monkeys, also known as crab-eating macaques, are the first primates to have their genes precisely edited using a gene-snipping tool borrowed from bacteria, a team of Chinese scientists reports January 30 in Cell. The work is part of an effort to genetically engineer monkeys to produce mutations like those seen in human diseases, especially ones ...

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