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There are a number of persuasive arguments for repairing human DNA, including germline DNA, writes Harvard Medical School's George Church in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"As we list compelling reasons to repair human DNA (both soma and germline), we include infirmity of our embryos, infertility in adults, and cognitive decline in our oldest citizens," he writes.

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