Scientists want to halt gene editing in humans

March 20, 2015 5:32 PM

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Scientists want to halt gene editing in humans

In this image provided by the National Human Genome Research Institute, a NHGRI researcher monitors a DNA sequencing machine at the NIH in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/National Human Genome Research Institute, Maggie Bartlett)

A breakthrough gene-editing process developed in 2012 could potentially be used to eradicate genetic diseases in humans—or make a person more intelligent or attractive. The Crispr-Cas9 or "DNA scissors" technique involves making DNA-altering changes to sperm, eggs, or embryos that could then be inhe...

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