UK scientists gain licence to edit genes in human embryos

February 1, 2016 11:23 AM

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UK scientists gain licence to edit genes in human embryos

Team at Francis Crick Institute permitted to use CRISPR–Cas9 technology in embryos for early development research.

Scientists in London have been granted permission to edit the genomes of human embryos for research, UK fertility regulators announced today. The approval on 1 February by the UK’s Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA) represents the world's first endorsement of such research by any nation...

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