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Gene Therapy 101

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Chinese researcher He Jiankui claims the world’s first gene-edited babies have been born, resulting from an experiment in which he altered the genes of multiple human embryos, using a powerful gene-editing tool called CRISPR. Jiankui’s effort has shocked the international scientific community and could usher in a brand new era of human experimentation and eugenics…So what are the implications here? How does CRISPR work, and why is this such a big deal? Watch this excerpt from our online course, Awakening, to find out.

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