U.S. specialists learned to edit the baby’s genome in the womb

Specialists at Oregon State Medical University created a “prototype” of the method of editing the genes of the human embryo right in the uterus. So far, the effectiveness of the procedure has been tested only on mice, says the scientific journal Nucleic Acids Research.

Scientists have created a special molecule messenger, which was injected into the inner ear 12 days after pregnancy in a female mouse embryos.

It is explained that the synthetic molecule is an antisense oligonucleotide that joins nucleic acid sequences in the body and affects the process of gene expression.

The result of the work was the correction of the mouse embryo of the gene, which in mutation leads to Uscher syndrome, causing blindness.