• Question: can birth defects caused by genetic mutation be fixed before a child is born in the future?

    Asked by 355genp34 to Remsha on 14 Nov 2018.
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      Remsha Afzal answered on 14 Nov 2018:

      Great question! 😀 Yes, it is possible to do that by using gene editing techniques such as using CRISPR/Cas9, which are basically like scissors that can cut and paste letters in your DNA. Scientists are still working on the technique to make it more precise BUT a group of chinese scientists managed to fix a genetic heart defect in an embryo. But we still have a bit of way to go before it gets put into practical use.