NEW YORK, June 6 – Genicon Sciences, a company that develops a light-based technology for development of biological interactions, announced Wednesday it had raised $5 million in a private financing, following on the heels of a $27 million financing round that closed last month.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

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