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NIH Wants Gene Editing Therapies to Reach Clinics Faster

Jan. 23, 2018, 8:08 PM

Therapies to treat genetic disorders by repairing the DNA causing the illness could reach patients more quickly under an NIH program announced Jan. 23.

The Somatic Cell Genome Editing program aims to develop tools for safe and effective human genome editing, which uses technologies that give scientists the ability to change an organism’s DNA. Despite widespread interest and investment in this field, many challenges prevent broad adoption of genome editing in the clinic, the National Institutes of Health said in announcing the program. Researchers funded by the program will work on removing barriers to adopting genome editing for treating ...