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CRISPR has made Jennifer Doudna rich. Now she says it must be controlled.

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CRISPR has made Jennifer Doudna rich. Now she says it must be controlled.

Jennifer Doudna says governments need to pay more attention to controlling CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing tool.

One year on: Doudna, a University of California biochemist who helped create CRISPR in 2012, wrote an editorial in Science yesterday titled “CRISPR’s unwanted anniversary.”

The anniversary is that of the announcement by Chinese scientist, He Jiankui, that he had created gene-edited twin girls. That was a medical felony as far as Doudna is concerned, an unnecessary experiment that violated the doctor’s rule to avoid causing harm and ignored calls not to proceed. […]

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