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New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

June 10, 2016

(NPR) – A powerful new technique for changing genes in insects, animals and plants holds great promise, according to a report from an influential panel of scientists released Wednesday. But the group also says it’s potentially very dangerous. As such, the report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concludes that it’s far too soon to release any organisms altered with the technique, known as a gene drive, into the environment.

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