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China probe faults scientist for gene-edited babies work

A Chinese investigation into reports of the world’s first gene-edited babies seems to have confirmed their existence. China’s official news agency said Monday that investigators determined that the scientist acted on his own and fabricated an ethics review by others. The scientist stunned the world in November by claiming he’d altered the DNA of twin girls at conception to try to help them resist infection with the AIDS virus.

AP-NORC Poll: Most support gene editing to protect babies

Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases – but a new poll shows they’d draw the line at changing DNA so children are born smarter, faster or taller.

Gene editing: Research spurs debate over promise vs. ethics

The hottest tool in biology has scientists using words like revolutionary as they describe the long-term potential: wiping out certain mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating genetic diseases like sickle-cell, preventing babies from inheriting a life-threatening disorder.