Biologists call for restraint on gene-editing technique

March 20, 2015 1:08 AM

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Biologists call for restraint on gene-editing technique

A group of leading biologists Thursday called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of a new genome-editing technique to alter human DNA in a way that can be inherited.

The biologists fear the new technique is so effective and easy to use that some physicians may push ahead with it before its safety can be assessed. They also want the public to understand the ethical issues surrounding the technique, which could be used to cure genetic diseases, but also to enhance...

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