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Dawn of the designer baby? I don’t think so

Scientists are making advances in gene editing, as a new experiment proves. But some of the reporting has been dire—let’s all calm down

By Philip Ball  

Photo: OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY

How to strike the right balance in talking about the latest experiment in which a gene in a human embryo was edited? Should it be considered the first step on the road to tailored personal genomes, or a useful advance in what might one day be a valuable medical technique? Or just an incremental step in…

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