The discussions about the ramifications of the gene-editing tool CRISPR have largely been within academic halls, writes Brendan Foht at the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard. There, he notes, molecular biologists and bioethicists have raised questions about how genome editing could be misused or manipulated and how it could affect those with disabilities or who are minorities.

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