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Academies to provide guidance on gene editing

Following recent news that Chinese researchers have edited the DNA of human embryos, the United States’ National Academies has announced the formation of a group to develop ethical and strategic advice for scientists operating in the field.

Victor Dzau, president of the Institute of Medicine, and Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, will lead the initiative.

A spokeswoman for the National Academies told Research Professional that their first step would be to appoint an advisory panel, which will guide the initiative’s activities. She says the panel will be named within the next few weeks.

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