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Senator Elizabeth Warren has released the results of a DNA analysis bolstering her family’s belief that their ancestry is partly Native American. She did this as an understandable response to more than six years of political attacks, including specific demands that she be tested. But promoting such a test is extremely problematic.

The result does not prove that Warren is or even could be a member of the Cherokee tribe. As she herself tweeted, “DNA & family history has...

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The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has taken what it clearly regards as a brave new step: it has openly endorsed the use of genome editing to engineer the traits of future children and generations. The council’s report, Genome editing...

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A wave of controversy about reproductive gene editing gathered force in response to reports in 2015 of the first CRISPR...

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The dramatic pace of scientific discoveries in recent decades has not only led to remarkable improvements in domains such as...

Biopolitical Times

In her new memoir, Becoming, Michelle Obama makes a brave choice: she reveals her experience of a miscarriage and...

Five years ago, Time magazine published the cover story illustrated at left: Can Google Solve Death? We have an answer:...

As part of the American Experience series, PBS has produced a documentary and website about the 20th-century eugenics movement in...

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By Matthew Weaver, The Guardian | 11.12.2018

IVF clinics have been putting profits before patient care by charging clients for expensive treatment add-ons that have no proven effectiveness, according to a draft statement by fertility experts, practitioners and the sector’s regulator.

The consensus statement agreed by 11...

By Briefing, The Economist | 11.08.2018

“I think i got it,” says Alekos Simoni with a grin, returning an electronic fly zapper called “The Executioner” to a nearby metal shelf. With a deft flick of his wrist he has done away with a genetically modified mosquito...

By Sharon Begley, Stat News | 11.06.2018

Millions of amateur genealogists assembling family trees on Ancestry.com probably figure they’re just finding lost relatives and assessing their genetic proximity to Prince Harry, but in fact they have unintentionally made a significant contribution to science. An analysis of 54...

By Yeyang Su, Impact Ethics [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 11.03.2018

At the end of this month, the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing will be held in Hong Kong. In the invitation to participants, the local host and President of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, Dr Lap-Chee...

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