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New Genome-Editing Method

A new startup, backed with $43 million in venture investments, aims to develop treatments that could cure inherited diseases with a one-time fix based on a new method of genome editing. The method offers great precision in changing the DNA sequence of a genome and can potentially treat diseases that other forms of gene therapy cannot.

The new method, to be commercialized by Editas Medicine, is based on a genome-editing system that was largely unknown just two years ago. The company’s founders say the method will allow them to go after currently untreatable diseases.

MIT Technology Review