Someone broke into a church in Centerville, Utah, last November and attacked the organist who was practicing there. In March, after a conventional investigation came up empty, a police detective turned to forensic consultants at Parabon NanoLabs. Using the publicly accessible website GEDmatch, the consultants found a likely distant genetic relative of the suspect, whose blood sample had been found near the church’s broken window.
September 17, 2019, marks the 20th anniversary of Jesse Gelsinger’s death. When Jesse was 18, he decided to volunteer for a gene therapy trial at the University of Pennsylvania. He had a severe adverse reaction and died four days later.
By Lisa Ikemoto and Diane Tober, San Francisco Chronicle | 09.12.2019
Medical researchers would be allowed to buy women’s eggs under a bill being considered by the Legislature this week. As pro-choice, feminist scholars, we are deeply troubled by this legislation. The arguments for the legislation ignore the repercussions for prospective donors. While the bill claims, “Concerns that women will be exploited if compensated for providing human oocytes for research have not borne out” in other states, we can find no support for this statement.
Jackie Leach Scully is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Disability Innovation Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. When news broke that Denis Rebrikov was planning to use CRISPR to edit a hereditary mutation that leads to deafness, CGS asked her to share her perspective on this development as a scholar in the disability rights community. You can read more from Professor Scully on the topic of Rebrikov’s proposed experiment here.