Tuesday, April 05, 2005

 

Cut and Paste Genes

Scientists in California have developed a process for cutting out sections of DNA. By providing cells with a template of the gene to replace the cut DNA, the cell's repair process incorporates the new gene, creating a "healthy" DNA strand.

The scientists claim to have already fixed the gene mutation responsible for "bubble boy" disease. I'm in kind of a "half glass" type mood (not half full, not half empty, just half) so I'll note that while this could be the end of genetic diseases it could also be the beginning of a whole new way to infect people with disease.



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