NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK government today laid out a strategic vision aimed at increasing its investments and marshaling new efforts in synthetic biology, and in a related statement said it has joined a pan-European network to support synbio research and development.

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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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