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‘Informatics’ editing genes, rewriting health treatments: Emerging field revolutionizing nearly every aspect of medicine

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MINNEAPOLIS — It’s hard to see the future of medicine through the scabs, blisters and scars that torment 7-year-old Charlie Knuth as he makes his way haltingly to a checkup at the University of Minnesota’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

But the boy from Appleton, Wis., is helping doctors perfect a pioneering intervention called gene editing, a procedure that could lend hope to thousands of people suffering from hundreds of diseases — including epidermolysis bullosa, the disorder that causes Charlie’s skin to shear off and his eyes to blister.

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