The scientists had no plans to actually allow them to develop, but the work is a significant step forward for those who support continued development of CRISPR and the eventual implementation of the technique to correct flaws in embryos carried to full term.
Scientists in China have attempted the same experiments on human embryos, to mixed results.
The effort involved changing the DNA of a group one-cell human embryos with the "cut and paste" gene-editing technique, known as CRISPR. The fear is that it can lead to manipulating the human genome at will-not only to correct genetic defects, but to enhance certain human characteristics, such as athleticism and intelligence, and remove those viewed as undesirable.
"It is proof of principle that it can work". 'They significantly reduced mosaicism.
Mitalipov did not confirm the results of the test, telling the MIT Technology Review that they are still "pending publication". Their improved method allows for earlier delivery of CRISPR into cells at the same time sperm fertilize an egg.
The US intelligence community a year ago labelled CRISPR a potential 'weapon of mass destruction'. "I don't think it's the start of clinical trials yet, but it does take it further than anyone has before". Perry successfully edited the mouse gene for coat color, changing the fur of the offspring from the expected brown to white.
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Born in Kazakhstan when it was part of the former Soviet Union, Mitalipov has for years pushed scientific boundaries. Then, in 2013, he created human embryos through cloning, as a way of creating patient-specific stem cells.
Ma Hong, a staff scientist at Mitalipov's lab, told Xinhua on Thursday that their paper is about to be published and that, for the moment, she can not reveal any information about the research.
The tool-considered by some a "genetic superweapon" and others as the single most important discovery of the 21st century-may be a cure for cancer, the flu, or AIDS; it could be used to wipe out all mosquitoes or create hyper-intelligent babies.
The MIT journal said the experiment appeared to show it was possible to safely and effectively use gene manipulation in embryos to treat hereditary illnesses.
In the US, any effort to turn an edited IVF embryo into a baby has been blocked by Congress, which added language to the Department of Health and Human Services funding bill forbidding it from approving clinical trials of the concept.
Steve Connor is a freelance journalist based in the United Kingdom.