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Eighteen researchers from across the world have called for a temporary global moratorium on the clinical use of human germline editing in a commentary appearing in Nature. These researchers include Max Planck's Emmanuelle Charpentier, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Feng Zhang, and the Broad Institute's Eric Lander.

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

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Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

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