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Nih Reiterates Ban on Editing Human Embryo Dna

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US National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins has clarified the agency's position on gene editing of embryos.

Credit: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Corbis

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reaffirmed its ban on research that involves gene editing of human embryos. In a statement released on 29 April, NIH director Francis Collins spelled out the agency's long-standing policy against funding such research and the ethical and legal reasons for it.

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