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Rarely has a new scientific method created such a ruckus as the Crispr gene-editing technique. It has been touted as potentially offering a way to c(...)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted a research licence to carry out advanced genome editing techniques on human embryos. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The unwillingness of legislators to bring in laws to control embryo research means that any company could begin conducting human gene editing without (...)

Developing human embryos, nucleated by somatic cell nuclear transfer, pictured in their third day of development. Biologists at Oregon Health & Science University have created human stem cells using cloning techniques. Photograph: Oregon Health & Science University/Reuters

This week brought the news that it is now possible to create tailored embryonic stem cells using cell cloning techniques, bringing the promise (...)