WASHINGTON — A rogue Chinese scientist stunned the world last year when he announced the birth of genetically modified twin girls, prompting widespread outcry from the broader scientific community and calls for a “global moratorium” on editing human embryos that result in births.

Yet months later, Democrats on Capitol Hill surprised many science policy experts when they attempted to roll back a related, 4-year-old ban on altering the DNA of embryos intended for pregnancies.

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  • Examine this statement please “ Nobody in industry is currently Germaine editing to create embryos without disease traits and nobody in industry even seems to want to go down that road” I am quite confident there are many billionaires who would pay handsomely for your magic know it all for sure hat! Or maybe you obtained the bowl and triangle Nostradamus used!? LOL

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