Gene editing the new ‘Sputnik’ race as CRISPR technique begins clinical trial
Chinese team beat their US counterparts to the CRISPRCas9 clinical trial stage by months
New Delhi: Close to a month ago, a team led by oncologist Lu You at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital in Chengdu injected a patient with cells containing genes that were edited using the revolutionary CRISPR–Cas9 technique. The patient, suffering from lung cancer, was taking part in a clinical trial conducted at the hospital. The nascent trials are part of the process of understanding how the cutting edge gene-editing technique can boost scientists’ ability to combat cancer and mutations, as well as genetically manipulate human germ cells.