Designer babies from the lab

babies, different

Targeted interventions in the germ line can theoretically prevent hereditary diseases. But caution is advised: any effects will also affect future generations.
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Many books and films feature highly intelligent people with superpowers created using genetic engineering. That remains fiction - but therapeutic interventions are possible.

by RAINER KURLEMANN

Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein" changed people's thinking 200 years ago. He tells the story of

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