FDA lifts hold on first-ever CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing trial

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted its hold on CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals' highly anticipated gene-editing trial Wednesday, allowing the first company-backed trial using the CRISPR/Cas9 technology to start in the U.S. CRISPR (Nasdaq: CRSP) and Vertex (Nasdaq: VRTX) were preparing to test the the ability of a new gene-editing technology, CRISPR/Cas9, in cutting out and replacing disease-causing snippets of DNA when the FDA placed the hold in May. The trial is...

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