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As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, 'Someone Is Going to Get Hurt'

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“There are really only 2 things that could wipe 30 million people off of the planet: a nuclear weapon, or a biological one,” said an adviser on pandemic influenza preparedness to the WHO. Recently, biohackers across the country have taken gene editing into their own hands. As the equipment becomes cheaper & the expertise in gene-editing techniques  widely shared, this  do-it-yourself genetics revolution one day may go catastrophically wrong. If nefarious biohackers were to create a biological weapon from scratch — a killer that would bounce from host to host to host, capable of reaching millions of people, unrestrained by time or distance — they would probably begin with some online shopping. Already a research team recreated from scratch an extinct relative of smallpox, horsepox, -- without a glance from law enforcement officials. '

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