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The New Gene Tool Crispr Sparks a History War

In the biological sciences today, many have probably heard of Crispr, the gene editing system that is transforming medicine. But fewer people are likely to know the story of Francisco J.M. Mojica, a professor at the University of Alicante in Spain, who coined the now famous name 16 years ago.

 

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