NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Scientists from Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) have led a study showing several ways in which CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing could be used to treat hereditary diseases. Among the various applications demonstrated, the researchers used CRISPR/Cas9 to remove exon duplication in a gene affecting a patient with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), leading to the production of regular dystrophin.

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