Caris Life Sciences announced the promotion of Jonathan Knowles as its new chief scientific officer. Previously Caris' vice chairman, Knowles will retain the responsibilities of that role and assume new ones in taking on the position of chief scientific officer.

In this newly created role, Knowles will oversee the development and commercialization of the company's Carisome platform in cancer testing. Additionally, Knowles will be responsible for globalizing Caris' overall scientific and research capabilities.

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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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