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Japan is to allow gene editing of human embryos for research purposes, if new draft guidelines become policy, Nature News reports.

Nature News notes that while Japan regulates the use of human embryos in research, there had been no gene-editing-specific guidelines. This meant, Hokkaido University's Tetsuya Ishii, tells it, that Japan was previously neutral on the use of such tools.

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