Deny, Denounce, Debate: China Gene-Edited Babies Awaken Genie In The Bottle
With the birth of the world's first gene-edited babies, Chinese researchers again step into the epicenter of a controversy between the use of cutting-edge technology and calls for the tightening of ethical oversight of such research.
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