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HFEA gives human embryo gene-editing the green light

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has approved an application for the use of gene-editing techniques on human embryos in the UK.

The decision, announced on 1 February, takes a research team led by Kathy Niakan at the Francis Crick Institute, in London, one step closer to being able to use the controversial technique known as CRISPR.

The research project now needs to gain ethical approval, the Crick said in a statement. Subject to approval, it said, work will begin in the next few months. 

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