Key insight: A letter in Nature Methods noting flaws in the CRISPR gene editing system spooked investors today, but it shouldn’t have — because we’ve long known about those problems.

A letter in Nature Methods pointing out potentially dangerous flaws in the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system gave biotech investors a sinking feeling on Tuesday, and stocks in genome-editing companies had the same experience. By the close of trading Editas Medicine (EDIT) had fallen nearly 12 percent, Crispr Therapeutics was down more than 5 percent, and Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA) had plunged just over 14 percent.

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