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A new, pinpoint-accurate method of modifying faulty genes in adults has been developed

 
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A new, pinpoint-accurate method of modifying faulty genes in adults has been developed
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"Using a new gene-editing system based on bacterial proteins, MIT researchers have cured mice of a rare liver disorder caused by a single genetic mutation.
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The findings, described in the March 30 issue of Nature Biotechnology, offer the first evidence that this gene-editing technique, known as CRISPR, can reverse disease symptoms in living animals.
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This work shows that CRISPR can be used successfully in adults, and also identifies several of the challenges that will need to be addressed moving forward to the development of human therapies"

I can't wait until they've figured out how to fix the faulty gene responsible for my macular degeneration.