Researcher Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute has won the first phase of what is likely to be a protracted legal battle over so-called CRISPR gene-editing technology. Photo: Washington Post / Joel Achenbach

Battle for billions: scientists go to war over lucrative gene-editing patents

Much like a surgical scalpel, the technique allows the genome to be edited by clipping out a specific area of DNA and in some cases replacing it with new instructions

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Researcher Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute has won the first phase of what is likely to be a protracted legal battle over so-called CRISPR gene-editing technology. Photo: Washington Post / Joel Achenbach
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