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New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

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Mosquitos released, Brazil

Genetically modified mosquitoes are released in Piracicaba, Brazil, in an effort to combat Zika virus. These mosquitoes were modified using conventional techniques.

Credit: Victor Moriyama/Getty Images

A powerful new technique for changing genes in insects, animals and plants holds great promise, according to a report from an influential panel of scientists released Wednesday. But the group also says it's potentially very dangerous.

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