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University of California, Berkeley, researcher and CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna reviews the scientific, technical, and ethical aspects of using the genome editing technology for therapeutic applications in this week's Nature. In her review, she presents examples highlighting both the potential and pitfalls of these efforts, and calls for "active efforts to ensure that this breakthrough technology is used responsibly to treat, cure, and prevent genetic disease."

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The National Health Service is to offer Novartis's Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy later this year, according to the Guardian.

Nature News reports the US National Institutes of Health is investing in studies of the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Taiwan is to launch a pilot program offering genetic testing to cancer patients, the Taipei Times reports.

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