Calling Embryo Editing ‘Premature,’ Russian Authorities Seek to Ease Fears of Scientist Going Rogue

October 16, 2019

(STAT News) – Russian health officials are playing down international concerns that a Moscow researcher plans to create gene-edited babies any time soon, saying for the first time that the experiment would be “premature.” Denis Rebrikov, the scientist who has said he wants to use the genome-editing technology CRISPR to alter embryos, has sparked widespread alarm among scientists who fear that he could become the second researcher to conduct such work, following the birth of gene-edited twins in China last year.

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