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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions this week held a hearing on CRISPR genome editing, with senators from both parties quizzing three witnesses from Stanford University, Editas Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on the latest scientific advances, ethical concerns, and possible regulatory approaches to the breakthrough technology.

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