If a peer-reviewed paper bears out the news story, “It’s one more step on the path to potential clinical application,” says bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn of Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, who served on a committee convened by the NASEM to address gene editing. The panel’s report earlier this year concluded that a clinical trial involving embryo editing would be ethically allowable under narrow circumstances.

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Researchers have demonstrated they can efficiently improve the DNA of human embryos

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