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Treating genetic disorders: Could gene editing help cure incurable diseases?

Gene editing could change how we treat diseases. But is everybody ready for it?

Should we edit the human germline?

Genome editing is as consequential as it is controversial. Scientists are exploring the possibility of altering genes that cause specific diseases. But even if we can do it, the question is: should we?

Can we trust ourselves when it comes to gene editing?

Genetic editing could be one of our most powerful tools to treat illness and suffering, but could it change what it means to be human?

Heart Disease: How One Gene Makes All The Difference

With a regular human genome consisting of 46 chromosomes and around 20,000 genes made up of 3 billion base pairs of DNA, just a slight alteration to our genetic code is enough to cause us disease.

Are we close to a cure for hemophilia?

How we treat hemophilia has changed remarkably over the past 50 years, enabling sufferers today to live full and active lives. The next generation of treatments could change it forever.

Genomics: A revolution in health care?

Drugs affect people differently and we’re increasingly understanding why. For many of us, it’s down to our genes.

Are we becoming allergic to the 21st century?

With rates of allergies on the rise, how can we reconcile our increasingly urban lifestyles with our healthcare needs?

Molecular mind-set: How we are completely rethinking cancer

Oncologists are increasingly understanding the genomic drivers behind cancers, leading to a host of promising new treatments.

Could advanced microbes really replace synthetic fertilizer?

The emergence of synthetic biology offers the potential to engineer microbes to help us grow crops without the need for artificial fertilizer.


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