Biotechnologist Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute (a joint venture of MIT and Harvard University) was awarded a patent for CRISPR gene-editing technology in 2014. But two other scientists — Jennifer Doudna, of the University of California, Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier, then of the University of Vienna — published their description of the underlying biology first. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Broad Institute Wins Big Battle Over CRISPR Gene-Editing Patent

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Editing human genes that would be passed on for generations could make sense if the diseases are serious and the right safeguards are in places, a scientific panel says. Claude Edelmann/Science Source hide caption

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Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

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After reaching adulthood, a mosquito emerges from the water looking for trouble. Courtesy of Andrew Hammond hide caption

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To Fight Malaria, Scientists Try Genetic Engineering To Wipe Out Mosquitoes

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Emmanuelle Charpentier (left) and Jennifer Doudna have a case for being the inventors of CRISPR-cas9, a transformative tool for gene editing. Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Battle In Court Over Lucrative Patents For Gene-Editing Tool

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Hamlin oranges are washed, graded and packed for shipment at the Dundee Citrus Growers Association packing house in Lake Hamilton, Florida. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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After A Sour Decade, Florida Citrus May Be Near A Comeback

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Virginijus Siksnys' large research team at the Vilnius University Institute of Biotechnology in Lithuania. Arunas Silanskas/Vilnius University Institute of Biotechnology hide caption

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Science Rewards Eureka Moments, Except When It Doesn't

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Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

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Boxes of white button mushrooms. Scientists have used a popular gene editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9 to snip out a tiny piece of DNA from one particular gene in a white button mushroom. The resulting mushroom doesn't brown when cut. Adam Fagen/Flickr hide caption

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Will Genetically 'Edited' Food Be Regulated? The Case Of The Mushroom

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Editing DNA has never been easier. Pasieka/Science Photo Library/Corbis hide caption

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Gene Editing Tool Hailed As A Breakthrough, And It Really Is One

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Nobel laureate David Baltimore of Caltech speaks to reporters at the National Academy of Sciences international summit on human gene editing, on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world debating how to deal with technology that makes it easy to edit the human genetic code. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Scientists Debate How Far To Go In Editing Human Genes

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Powerful 'Gene Drive' Can Quickly Change An Entire Species

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