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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  


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 basic…

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