CRISPR gene editing has been used to alleviate the genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, but the technique has only been tried in cells in a dish so far

CRISPR gene editing has been used to repair a genetic form of intellectual disability in human brain cells in a dish. If the same technique can be done in the brain, it may help treat a range of genetic conditions.

Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited form of intellectual impairment, affecting one in 4000 men, and one in 6000 women. It is caused by having a silenced version of a gene called FMR1, which typically …

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