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First human embryo editing experiment in U.S. 'corrects' gene for heart condition

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Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos to erase a heritable heart condition that causes sudden death in young competitive athletes, cracking open the doors to a controversial new era in medicine.This is the 1st time gene editing on human embryos has been conducted in the U. S.. Researchers consider their work very basic and will continue to move forward wwith the ultimate goal of being able to “correct” disease-causing genes in embryos that will develop into babies.News of the remarkable experiment began to circulate last week, but details became public Wednesday with a paper in the journal Nature\. The work is particularly sensitive because it involves changes to the germ line, genes that could be passed on to future generations.'“Really we didn’t edit anything. Neither did we modify anything,” Mitalipov said. “Our program is toward correcting mutant genes.”

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