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Congress revives ban on altering the DNA of human embryos used for pregnancies

Congress has revived a ban on altering the DNA of human embryos used for pregnancies, despite the objections of some scientists.
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) Source: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

A House committee on Tuesday restored to pending legislation a ban on altering the genomes of human embryos intended for pregnancies, despite calls from some scientists to lift the ban and allow the Food and Drug Administration to review applications for new technologies.

Lifting the prohibition could have opened the door to clinical trials of babies being made with genetic material from three people or with genomes that had been changed in ways that would be

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