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Health Agencies Update
February 27, 2018

Accelerating Clinical Gene Editing

JAMA. 2018;319(8):760. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1292

A new National Institutes of Health (NIH) program aims to speed the clinical translation of gene-editing technologies like clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats–Cas9 (CRISPR-Cas9).

The Somatic Cell Genome Editing program will award $190 million to researchers over 6 years. Participating scientists will work together to develop new ways to deliver gene-editing tools, create better gene editors, and design ways to test the safety and efficacy of clinical gene editing. They will also develop a toolkit that can be broadly shared.