Scientists in California have announced the first attempt to “edit” genes in a patient’s body to cure disease.
Experts believe that permanently altering a person’s genetic code can eliminate rare and otherwise untreatable diseases.
AP reports that Brian Madeux, a 44-year-old California resident who has a rare disease known as Hunter syndrome, intravenously “received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a precise spot.”
People with Hunter syndrome are missing a gene that is responsible for the creation of an enzyme that breaks down certain carbohydrates, meaning that undigested molecules build up inside of cells and damage the body.
“It’s kind of humbling” to be the first to test this, said Madeux. “I’m willing to take that risk. Hopefully, it will help me and other people.”
Results will not be immediately available to researchers and testing is expected to be ongoing for several months.
Scientists have been …