Why gene editing is decade’s most significant innovation

Irish Times | Nov 14, 2019 at 6:13 AM
  • Earlier this month, readers of The Irish Times voted gene editing as the innovation of the last decade, beating competition such as the cloud, smartphones and social media.
  • Farrar, Prof Pete Humphries and colleagues identified gene changes involved in a rare eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and developed a system to “rescue” the gene function by suppressing the mutant gene and delivering a new gene into the cell.
  • The availability of gene editing in recent years also means that scientists can now use it as a research tool to target specific stretches of DNA relatively easily.