Biotech company CRISPR Therapeutics is set to treat Europe's patients with the CRISPR gene-editing tool this year following regulatory approval for trials. Researchers will apply the much-hyped tool to patients with beta thalassaemia, an inherited blood disorder that affects the body's production of hemoglobin—a protein red blood cells use to carry oxygen around the body—U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper reported. The condition is treatable, but can cause bone deformities, fatigue and severe anaemia. Patients with severe anemia from thalassaemia may undergo blood transfusions every two weeks, the CDC reports. Beta thalassemia is relatively common worldwide, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine , with thousands of children born with the condition each year. CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) is a tool which researchers can use to modify DNA sequences and alter the function of genes. Also known as CRISPR-Cas9, it was inspired by … [Read more...] about Is genetic engineering on its way to a hospital near you?
Gareth Thomas, the former rugby star hailed as a gay sporting pioneer, is being sued in Britain's High Court for allegedly "deceptively" transmitting HIV to a former partner. Thomas, 48, has been accused by Ian Baum of hiding his HIV status when the pair were a couple then, knowing he was carrying the virus, "failing to take reasonable care" to ensure that he did not pass on the infection. It is understood that Thomas will vigorously defend the legal claim. Baum, who had an on-off relationship with Thomas from 2013, alleges that he noticed the rugby player taking pills when they first became a couple, but was told these were "vitamin tablets" and the labels had been ripped off bottles. READ MORE: Former Black Cap Heath Davis reveals 'lonely' struggle with sexuality English football player says he is gay in trailblazing moment for men's game 'I feel my life is falling apart': Former Wales rugby captain diagnosed with dementia at 41 He alleges he found out that … [Read more...] about Rugby star Gareth Thomas hid the fact he had HIV, then gave it to me, ex-partner claims