CRISPR hits the courts

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On Wednesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office will begin an “interference proceeding” that will determine whether the University of California or the Broad Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology receive patents covering the use of CRISPR-Cas9, the genome-editing technology that is revolutionizing molecular biology.

CRISPR, which allows find-and-replace alterations of DNA, has sparked debates about designer babies, created visions of Zika- and malaria-carrying mosquitos being  driven into extinction, resulting in cures for a host ofdevastating diseases, and…

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