Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

April 23, 2015 9:06 AM

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For the first time, scientists have edited DNA in human embryos, a highly controversial step long considered off-limits.

Junjiu Huang and his colleagues at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, performed a series of experiments involving 86 human embryos to see if they could make changes in a gene known as HBB, which causes the sometimes fatal blood disorder beta-thalassemia.

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