gene editing


variants or genome 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 Three generations of Chinese-Americans try to find their way in an ambitious novel that touches everything from the Chinese Cultural Revolution to gene editing. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 15 May 2024 Besides trying to develop drugs, some researchers are exploring gene editing to transform APOE4 into a variant called APOE2, which appears to protect against Alzheimer’s. Pam Belluck, New York Times, 6 May 2024 In utero gene editing, or prenatal somatic cell genome editing, envisions treating a fetus diagnosed with a genetic disease before birth, thereby preventing that entire protocol and the onset of symptoms in the first place. Anna Yeo, STAT, 21 Feb. 2024 Looking to the future, researchers are also pondering gene editing approaches that have the potential to permanently reduce LDL in a single injection—but according to Wong, that’s still a while away. Kristen Fischer, Health, 17 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for gene editing 

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gene editing was in 1990

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“Gene editing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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