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People with sickle cell disease are hopeful that the gene-editing tool CRISPR might be able to offer them relief, Technology Review reports.

"Patients are very intrigued by [CRISPR]. They think it sounds wonderful," Biree Andemariam, director of the New England Sickle Cell Institute at the University of Connecticut Health Center, tells Tech Review.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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