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What's the Likelihood That CRISPR Will Cure Cancer?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This is the basic concept behind a technology that's been garnering a lot of interest over the past several years. Called CRISPR, which stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat, this genetic editing technology offers hope that one day doctors will be able to easily correct the errors that can crop up in our genetic code, leading to advanced cures for genetic diseases and cancer. Dr. Hans-Peter Kiem, director of the stem cell and gene therapy program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, says, "CRISPR technology is essentially scissors that can cut DNA in very precise locations." Although CRISPR is not the only gene editing tool in existence, it's more agile and "practical," he says, than some of the other options. read more
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