Fixing genes is a snip

A revolutionary treatment could provide the solution to many life-threatening, inherited diseases

Push to the back of your mind all the recent research identifying genes associated with disease. This landmark research is about actually re-writing genes. It opens up the prospect of making permanent repairs to any gene that is causing a disease or disability.
The new technique, dubbed “gene editing”, overcomes many of the problems associated with current techniques of gene therapy by harnessing the DNA’s own repair system to correct the fault in the gene. The key is something called zinc finger proteins. Remember the name — you’ll be hearing a lot more about them.

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