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Scientists edit genes in human embryos to prevent inherited diseases - Expert comment

"The study published in Nature yesterday is a real step forward for the possibility of repairing genetic diseases in human embryos.

"For families with genetic disease perhaps a new hope is a little closer.

"For scientists and clinicians the study also informs us that embryos and stem cells are likely very different in the way they can repair DNA – meaning that the methods this group have employed lead to fewer mistakes in the embryos produced.”

Prof Kevin Moffat, Professorial Teaching Fellow and Director of Outreach, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick

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