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Nanotech, gene editing used to edit cholesterol gene: U.S. study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. researchers have used nanotechnology plus the powerful CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool to turn off a key cholesterol-related gene in mouse liver cells, an advance that could lead to new ways to correct genes that cause high cholesterol and other liver diseases. Nanotechnology is the design and manipulation of materials thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair. “We’ve shown you can make a nanoparticle that can be used to permanently and specifically edit the DNA in the liver of an adult animal,” said study author Daniel Anderson, an associate professor in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. read more
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