Britain grants first licence for genetic modification of embryos

Britain on Monday granted its first licence for the genetic modification of human embryos as part of research into why miscarriages happen in a move likely to raise ethical doubts.

“Our licence committee has approved an application from Dr Kathy Niakan of the Francis Crick Institute to renew her laboratory’s research licence to include gene editing of embryos,” the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said in a statement.

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