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Gianpiero Palermo, a professor of embryology at Weill Cornell Medicine, runs the lab where scientists are trying to use CRISPR to edit genes in human sperm. Elias Williams for NPR hide caption

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Scientists Attempt Controversial Experiment To Edit DNA In Human Sperm Using CRISPR

NPR visited the only lab in the world known to be trying to use the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to modify the DNA in human sperm. If successful, it could be used to prevent genetic disorders.

U.S. forward Alex Morgan celebrates her hat trick with defender Tobin Heath (17) and other teammates during the second half of a Tournament of Nations soccer match against Japan in July 2018. Colin E. Braley/AP hide caption

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In Soccer's Equal Pay Suit, A May 2020 Trial Is 'Good Overall,' Says Alex Morgan

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The Sunrise Movement has organized protests like this one in July in Philadelphia to pressure the Democratic National Committee to hold a primary debate focused on climate change. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Activists Push Democrats On Climate Change, A New Priority For Party's Base

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Gianpiero Palermo, a professor of embryology at Weill Cornell Medicine, runs the lab where scientists are trying to use CRISPR to edit genes in human sperm. Elias Williams for NPR hide caption

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Scientists Attempt Controversial Experiment To Edit DNA In Human Sperm Using CRISPR

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