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Why CRISPR-Cas9 is being hailed as the scientific "Breakthrough of the Year"

Why CRISPR-Cas9 is being hailed as the scientific "Breakthrough of the Year"

CRISPR is having a moment.

This week the gene editing system was declared the “Breakthrough of the Year” by editors of the journal Science. A day earlier, Nature named the Chinese researcher Junjiu Huang one of the 10 people who mattered in 2015 for being the first to use the CRISPR system to edit the DNA of human embryos (albeit ones that weren’t viable).

Last month, researchers from UC Irvine and UC San Diego showed how mosquitoes genetically...

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