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Despite the appearance of agreement, scientists are not of the same mind about the ethics and governance of human germline editing. A careful review of public comments and published commentaries in top-tier science journals reveals marked differences in perspective. These...

Danielle Lloyd, a former Miss Great Britain and celebrity mother of four boys, wants to guarantee that her next baby will be a girl. So, she revealed in a TV interview last year, she’s planning to get pregnant through in...

In their single-minded venture of “producing” (shengchan, in their own word) the world’s first gene-edited babies, He Jiankui and...

The gene-editing scandal that made headlines in late November, with researcher He Jiankui claiming to have created twin girls...

Depiction of CRISPR--purple strand of DNA being cut from them middle of two orange strands
By Rob Stein , National Public Radio [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 03.13.2019

A group of prominent scientists and bioethicists is calling for a global moratorium on any new attempts to bring gene-edited...

Microscopic picture of IVF embryo
By Eric Lander, Françoise Baylis, Feng Zhang, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Paul Berg et al., Nature | 03.13.2019

We call for a global moratorium on all clinical uses of human germline editing — that is, changing heritable DNA...

Ultrasound of child with down syndrome
By George J. Annas, Science | 03.10.2019

In 2011, poet and writer George Estreich wrote about the impact of biotechnology on family life in his first book, ...

Family tree with 7 generations
By Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 03.07.2019

Tracing genealogies has become immensely popular of late, and numerous companies offer to help you search through historical records or...

A gloved hand holds a large syringe that is partially filled with bone marrow
By Kate Sheridan, STAT | 03.04.2019

For the second time, doctors appear to have put HIV into “sustained remission” with a stem cell transplant — effectively...

eggs under microscope
By Amanda Mull, The Atlantic | 03.04.2019

One of the Instagram ads for Extend Fertility, a New York–based egg-freezing service for women, presents two images. First, there’s...

Two parents holding a baby
By Rich Gardella and Erika Edwards, NBC News | 03.04.2019

A Facebook post was what alerted Katelynn Gurbach to a massive tank malfunction at University Hospitals Fertility Center near Cleveland...

Gloved hand holding DNA results with dyed purple columns on clear plate
By Carl Zimmer, The New York Times | 03.01.2019

One night in November 1999, a 26-year-old woman was raped in a parking lot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Police officers...