Breakthrough: Scientists Modify DNA to Repair Genes in Living Adult Animals

By on April 22, 2014 // Science // 0 Comments

Image: Stuart Caie via CC by 2.0
Image: Stuart Caie via CC by 2.0

Scientists have announced a breakthrough that may someday (hopefully) render the movie Gattaca redundant. According to The Independent, the process involves a “revolutionary genome-editing technique” that they’ve already used to cure an inherited liver disease in adult laboratory mice.

We’re still a ways off from seeing this used with humans. More research needs to be done, and apparently the human brain and other organs pose a challenge for the Crispr technology that makes this gene alteration possible.

But, essentially, one day scientists might be able to plug a Game Genie into the back of our heads, rearrange a few letters and numbers, and voilà, good as new. Well, better.

On a more serious note, I often wonder: at the rate science is advancing, with various medical breakthroughs and such, if it ever became truly possible, would you want to live forever?

Of course, it’s also possible that modifying our genes in such a way might inadvertently lead to the zombie apocalypse. But, well, you win some, you lose some.

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
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