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Why the main value of editing human embryos is in embryogenesis clues

While last week’s Nature paper on gene editing of human embryos was a first in the U.K., it was more notable for the ground it broke than for its translational implications.

Earlier studies from U.S. and Chinese groups attempted to correct or delete disease-causing mutations in human embryos using the gene editing tool, precipitating concerns about the ethics of tinkering with the genome.

By contrast, the U.K. group took a

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