gene editing

noun
variants: or genome editing

Definition of gene editing

: the use of biotechnological techniques to make changes to specific DNA sequences in the genome of a living organism Fundamental research into the ways by which bacteria defend themselves against viruses has recently led to the development of powerful new techniques that make it possible to perform gene editing—that is, precisely altering genetic sequences—in living cells, including those of humans, at much higher accuracy and efficiency than ever before possible.— David Baltimore et al. The era of straightforward genome editing raises ethical questions that will need to be addressed by scientists and society at large.— Jennifer A. Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier often hyphenated when used before another noun a gene-editing technique called CRISPR

Examples of gene editing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Control of Casebia Therapeutics, a gene editing venture with Crispr Therapeutics, was handed back to Crispr three years after its inception. Ryan Cross, BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2022 To develop their pipelines of gene editing treatments, Intellia and CRISPR Therapeutics both licensed patents from the University of California. Megan Molteni, STAT, 4 Apr. 2022 The question of whether gene editing and coding living systems amounts to 'programming', then, is largely semantic. Eben Bayer, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Groups led by the Broad Institute and the University of California both filed patents for the original version of gene editing based on CRISPR-Cas9 in living cells. New York Times, 27 June 2022 Some areas that gene editing therapies target include cancer, rare genetic disorders that currently lack treatments, and more chronic conditions such as diabetes. Trefis Team, Forbes, 16 June 2022 But on December 21, the US Department of Agriculture, which (much more leniently) regulates similar changes made to crops, announced a proposal to take charge of overseeing gene editing in animals bred for food as well. Megan Molteni, Wired, 28 Dec. 2020 At least three lawmakers, however, spoke against it — although their comments appear more targeted at gene editing — and the budget ban was replaced without any changes. Walter G. Johnson And Diana M. Bowman, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 Besides gene editing, there are other ways to reduce the Fel d 1 protein in felines. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gene editing

1990, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Gene editing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gene%20editing. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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