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Sixty-two scientists, bioethicists, and biotechnology executives, including 10 members of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT), have joined the growing chorus calling for a global moratorium on heritable human genetic modification. They sent a detailed, public letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, explaining their strong opposition to the editing of human embryos that results in births.

The signatories to the letter included over 40 prominent academics, three of whom had also...

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The heart failure medication BiDil is once again being marketed specifically to black patients. Given that race is neither a genetic nor a biological category, how did this happen? http://cup.columbia.edu/book/race-in-a-bottle/9780231162982
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Biotech Juggernaut: Hope, Hype, and Hidden Agendas of Entrepreneurial BioScience (Routledge, 2019) documents the intensifying effort of bioentrepreneurs to apply genetic engineering technologies to the human species and to extend the commercial reach of synthetic biology. CGS spoke with authors Tina Stevens and Stuart Newman about the stories that led them to write Biotech Juggernaut and how they see this phenomenon playing out in 2019.
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On May 1, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Law Office of Michael T. Risher argued against the government’s motion...

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Sixty-two scientists, bioethicists, and biotechnology executives, including 10 members of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT), have...

With this deceptively simple title, Sheila Jasanoff reveals only a hint of the rich content in her latest book. Her...

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In late November 2018, the Chinese scientist He Jiankui ignited a media firestorm with the birth announcement of “healthy” twin girls, Lulu and Nana (pseudonyms), born following germline genome editing to provide resistance to HIV. This announcement was followed by...

In 2014, 23andMe tests revealed a decades-old secret in Indianapolis: A local fertility doctor named Donald Cline had secretly used his own sperm to impregnate his patients in the ’70s and ’80s. As the popularity of DNA tests grew...

When you submit your DNA to a personal genomics company like Ancestry or 23andme, you’re not just uncovering secrets about yourself, but potentially about other people.

That’s what Dani Shapiro learned after she spat into a tube and sent it to...

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Despite prior court rulings that police can collect DNA samples from people arrested but not convicted of crimes, a state court judge hinted Wednesday that holding onto that DNA data might violate the California Constitution.

“What...

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