Genome editing may enable researchers and clinicians to edit genes within the human genome to treat conditions like sickle cell anemia or cystic fibrosis, but the idea for such editing came to Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley, as she was studying how bacteria avoid viral infections, NPR reports.

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