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The Quiet Revolution of CRISPR

CRISPR’s not on the cusp of anything.Wikicommons

ow many diseases could humans treat if the DNA in troublesome cells could be edited within the body? Half? Most? How about “absolutely everything”?. Her optimism illustrates the promise, three years ago, of CRISPR-Cas9—the new tool scientists have to edit the genome directly, quickly, and cheaply.

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