A new paper in the journal Nature reads like a veiled message to China. Several of the world's leading CRISPR scientists and bioethicists are calling for a global moratorium on editing human genes that can be passed on from parents to children. In a new Nature commentary, published Wednesday, Feng Zhang and Emmanuelle Charpentier - two discoverers of the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system - along with MIT biologist Eric Lander and 15 other researchers from around the world, outlined the urgent need to put a pause on the editing of sperm, eggs, and embryos - known as the human germline - to create genetically modified babies until countries agree on the best way forward.
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