DNA editing before birth could one day massively expand lifespans

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We could live longer with extensive gene editing

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Making dozens of changes to people’s DNA could dramatically extend their healthy lifespans, according to the first study to try to quantify the potential benefits of editing egg and sperm cells – called germline genome editing.

“This research shows that we could potentially use germline gene editing to make us all resistant to diseases of old age,” says biomedical ethicist Christopher Gyngell of the University of Melbourne, Australia, who was not involved in the study.

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