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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – No longer a rumor, human germline editing with CRISPR/Cas9 is now the subject of a study published today in Protein & Cell. The results indicate that any therapeutic use of the technology in humans remains distant.

Scientists from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, led by Canquan Zhou and Junjiu Huang, used the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system in non-viable human zygotes to modify the gene that causes the hereditary blood disease beta-thalassemia.

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