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    Scientists Safely Edit Embryos In Major Achievement 

    “A big breakthrough.” That’s how researchers describe the first-ever successful modification of a human embryo to fix disease-causing genetic mutations. Published in the journal Nature, the study raises the possibility that newborns could eventually have hereditary conditions edited out. Clinical trials involving humans are still a long away off, however, while the surprising discovery could also renew the touchy ethical debate over creating “designer babies.” For now, scientists are focusing on making the procedure as safe as possible. 

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