Russian biologist welcomes backlash over his plan for gene-edited babies

A Russian biologist has thrust himself to the forefront one of the world’s most urgent medical-science debates by declaring his intention to use CRISPR gene-editing techniques to modify the genomes of human embryos and implant them in women.Denis Rebrikov, a DNA-technology specialist who heads a genome-editing lab at a Moscow fertility clinic, vowed this month to seek Russian authorities’ approval to disable a gene, known as CCR5, in carefully selected embryos of would-be mothers who are HIV-positive or who suffer from specific genetic disorders.

Source: Russian biologist welcomes backlash over his plan for gene-edited babies

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