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Japan should redouble its efforts into gene editing, the Japan News writes.

It notes that there are few researchers in Japan working on gene editing and that government funding into the field is scare. At the same time, it adds that the US, Europe, and China are moving ahead with studies into, for instance, treating leukemia or AIDs with gene-editing approaches or into modifying farm animals to be meatier or crops to be disease resistant.

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