“World’s first GM babies born” — 12-year-old article continues to cause confusion

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An undated Daily Mail article that is actually over a decade old continues to spread misinformation about the current state of human genetic modification. In fact, the operations it describes were shut down by the FDA in 2001, and the specific techniques it refers to have been abandoned.

The article begins with the provocative statement, “The world’s first genetically modified humans have been created, it was revealed last night.” There is no date anywhere within it, which has led to a great deal of confusion. Many understandably believe it happened last night given that today’s date shows up at the top of the page.

It is important to set the record straight and understand this history in context.

View the original article here: “World’s First GM Babies Born”: 12-Year-Old Article Continues to Cause Confusion

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