|Twin cynomolgus monkeys born in China are the first with mutations in specific target genes. Photo was taken on Jan 10, 2014. (Xinhua/ Hu Chao)|
The ultimate potential of precision gene-editing techniques is beginning to be realized. After nearly a year of efforts, Chinese scientists have successfully engineered first monkeys with targeted mutations in Kunming, southwest China’s Yunnan province. It is a milestone for targeted gene-editing technology that promises more realistic research models of human diseases.