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NEW YORK – Baylor College of Medicine and Arizona State University said today that they have received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate recent developments in human genome editing, analyze responses of the public and scientific communities to the technology, and  develop recommendations for how to responsibly govern the technology and its use in research in the future.

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