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EDITING OUT DISEASE  Gene therapy can cure a genetic disease called severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy,” disease. Using new gene editing techniques like CRISPR/Cas9 to treat genetic diseases is fine under certain conditions, but it should not be used to enhance people, a panel of experts says.

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SOCIAL HIT  New lab experiments indicate that physically abused youth have trouble learning to make choices that consistently lead to a reward. This impairment of a basic form of social learning contributes to behavior problems known to occur among abused individuals, researchers say.

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EXPLORATION OF TIME  Time runs through the body and brain in enigmatic ways. A journalist examines these temporal puzzles in Why Time Flies

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