Professor Henrik Semb commenting on new results in gene editing – University of Copenhagen

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09 August 2017

Professor Henrik Semb commenting on new results in gene editing

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Listen to Professor Henrik Semb, DanStem’s Executive director comments on the CRISPR technology to the Danish radio channel 24|7 in the programme 55 minutes

Researchers from the United States and South Korea for the first time managed to use the CRISPR technology to remove a genetic heart disease gene from human embryos that is a precursor to a fetus. Would that breakthrough will allow scientists to engineer infants completely free from hereditary diseases? And what if the engineering correction will continue to other aspects than sick genes?

Listen to Professor Henrik Semb, DanStem’s Executive director comments on the CRISPR technology to the Danish radio channel 24|syv in the programme '55 minutes'.

Professor Semb describes what embryonic stem cells are, why we use them at DanStem and how we use CRIPSPR technology to modify these cells and study gene functions and model diseases. The journalist who visited DanStem has visited the human Tissue Culture (TC) labs and describes to the listeners how we work in TC and how the cells look like under the microscope.  

Link to the podcast


CRISPR is a unique technology that enables geneticists and medical researchers to edit parts of the genome by removing, adding or altering sections of the DNA sequence.