Who Should Be Allowed to Use CRISPR?

Who Should Be Allowed to Use CRISPR?
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This week saw a resolution to the grueling legal battle between the University of California at Berkeley and the Broad Institute over the discovery of the novel, cheap, and easy-to-use gene-editing technique known as CRISPR. The technique's original discoverers, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, lost a patent battle to the Broad Institute's Feng Zhang over who first discovered that the technique could be used to edit human and animal DNA—a feat that has massive potential to treat and cure diseases.

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