Edits Eyed

An Australian team of researchers has used the CRISPR/Cas9 approach to edit a gene in mouse eye, New Scientist reports. This, it adds, suggests that CRISPR-based approaches might be harnessed to treat inherited eye diseases and save patients' sight.

"We are certainly very excited by the potential," the University of Tasmania's Alex Hewitt tells New Scientist.

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