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Scientists are going to use CRISPR on humans next month to try and cure cancer

CRISPR being studied for cancer treatment

Scientists in China are about to become the first to use the game-changing gene-editing technology Crispr-Cas9 on humans.

Last week, Nature reported that researchers at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital have received the green-light from the hospital’s review board to begin a trial using the technology to try to cure cancer. The scientists will use CRISPR to edit immune-system T cells, reprogramming them to destroy cancerous cells. The trial is slated to begin in August, putting it ahead of a similar American trial led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania that recently received the okay from a federal biosafety panel. The U.S. study, however, faced additional regulatory hurdles, and was expected to begin at the end of 2016 at the earliest. (Click on the image below for more details):

 

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