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    A Battle Is Brewing Over Fertility Research

    As anti-abortion forces win ever more political momentum, “personhood bills” specifying that life begins at conception are gaining ground. Eleven state governments considered such legislation last year, and researchers fear that enacting the new definition will directly impact fertility treatment progress by banning laboratory work with embryos that leads to breakthroughs — or at least spooking scientists away from such work. Medical experts and infertility activists, who say now is a crucial time due to the rise of CRISPR gene editing, are pushing to educate legislators about their field. 

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