CRISPR Therapeutics, Vertex Initiate First Industry-Sponsored Trial – What’s Next?
CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex initiated the first human study of CRISPR gene-editing technology with an industry sponsor, following an investigator-sponsored study initiated in China two years ago. These are not the first gene-editing trials, but they're important milestones for the CRISPR field.
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