T

he Food and Drug Administration this week made an announcement that sounded quite definitive: It’s illegal to sell do-it-yourself kits to edit human genes.

“FDA is aware that gene therapy products intended for self-administration and ‘do it yourself’ kits to produce gene therapies for self-administration are being made available to the public,” according to an FDA website updated Tuesday. “The sale of these products is against the law.”

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  • Well the FDA is trying to protect the US population from unscrupulous and harmful treatments they have become an onerous bureaucracy that by my observation has become hopelessly lost and more interested in its own survival than being of any real value to us the people they should be looking after. A bad case of the tail wagging the dog…..

    Dale C. Madson

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