Scientists have demonstrated an “incredibly powerful” ability to manipulate the building blocks of life in two separate studies.
One altered the atoms in DNA to rewrite the human genetic code and the instructions for life.
The other edited RNA, which is a chemical cousin of DNA and unlocks the information in the genetic code.
The studies - which could eventually treat diseases - have been described as clever, important and exciting.
Cystic fibrosis, inherited blindness and other diseases caused by a single typo in the genetic code could ultimately be prevented or treated with such approaches.
Both studies were performed at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
‘Incredible’ editing of life’s building blocks