How One Rogue Scientist Could Sink Global Gene Therapy Progress
Amid a global uproar denouncing a Chinese scientist’s work to deliver gene-edited twin babies, worries emerge that other valuable future research in the area could be put on hold, effectively crippling industry experts and researchers.
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