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The CRISPR-baby scandal: what’s next for human gene-editing

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Nature 566, 440-442 (2019)


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  • Clarification 11 March 2019: Since the story was first published, a comment has been added from Michael Deem’s lawyer saying that Deem was not a senior author on the human-gene-editing paper describing He’s experiments.


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