Dodging disease: scientists target genes to fend off foes

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Dodging disease: scientists target genes to fend off foes

Gene therapy is an ongoing global project, but already it has shown signs of success for some of Africa’s ills

Senior science reporter

Gene therapy is showing major promise as a way to fight disease by catching and correcting mutations in cells.

Scientists are using what’s known as CRISPR technology, a technique that, simply put, can be thought of as “molecular scissors” that cut the DNA in a certain place to make a “correction”. It has not been without its problems and still requires major refining, but as the technique becomes more and more sophisticated, scientists are testing the waters.

Over the past few years, inroads have been made regarding some of the major diseases facing communities globally and especially in Africa...

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