Editing a gene

The removal from the embryo of a potential gene that could cause cancer has been achieved with pre-implementation genetic testing (PGT) by Dr Firuza Parikh (pictured) of FertilTree-Jaslok International Fertility Centre, reported The Times of India (ToI) of July 29, 2018. PGT helps identify genetic defects within embryos and serves to prevent certain genetic diseases or disorders from being passed on to a child. While the doctor has successfully used PGT to help couples have children without genetic conditions such as thalassemia, the "editing” of an oncogene (the cancer-causing gene) was a first for India, she told ToI. Worldwide, "PGT has been used to......

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