Snips about SNPs: HIV resistance

Check your 23andMe for resistance to HIV

The CCR5 gene codes for a protein used by your immune system.  In order to hijack immune cells, the HIV virus uses CCR5 to sneak inside. A mutation in CCR5 known as Delta 32 causes a change in the protein that makes it non-functional….

CRISPR Babies and HIV Resistance

Headline news from two weeks ago proclaimed that the first genetically modified babies (twins) had been born in China. The CRISPR gene editing tool had been used on the embryo to edit the babies’ genome in such a way that they would be likely…