NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – As scientists from around the world prepare to discuss the implications of genome editing for both science and society, two leaders in the CRISPR/Cas9 field today published essays making the case against a ban on human germline editing.

Jennifer Doudna, of the University of California, Berkeley, and George Church, of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard Medical School, both highlighted the need for regulation, but to different ends. They published their opinions today in Nature.

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