“There’s been a lot of excitement lately that the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR could offer a new way to treat health problems ranging from cancer to blindness.
But there hasn’t been much direct scientific evidence in actual patients about whether it might work or would be safe — until now.
Chinese scientists have published the first report in a scientific journal of an attempt to use CRISPR-edited cells in a patient–a 27-year-old man who is HIV-positive.
While the treatment did not rid the man of the AIDS virus, the researchers and others are calling the report promising. That’s because it indicates that so far the gene-editing technique seems to safely and effectively make the precise DNA change intended…”