Organizational Vitality

Young Friends learn how genetic editors rewrite DNA code to save lives

High school students can uniquely appreciate the benefits of spell-check. After all, one misspelled word can ruin an otherwise perfect grade on a paper that took days or weeks to write. At a meeting last month with the Young Friends of Christiana Care, Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., director of the Gene Editing Institute at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, likened the science of gene editing to using spell-check on human cells. Just as students cut, paste and change letters to perfect their assignments, he explained, gene scientists delete, insert or replace a wrong letter in the genetic code to prevent or cure physiologic abnormalities. Read more