• The technology, CRISPR-Cas9, allows scientists to edit virtually any gene they target. The technique is akin to a word-processing computer program, but now the defects that are found and replaced are in genes, not documents.
  • The National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine will convene an international summit later this year at which "the scientific, ethical, and policy issues associated with human gene-editing research" will be discussed.
  • In addition, the academy, which is frequently commissioned to undertake science studies for the US federal government and others, will appoint a multidisciplinary, international committee to study the scientific basis and the ethical, legal, and social implications of human gene editing.

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