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Studies in animals, including one described recently in Wired, show that the gene manipulation technique CRISPR has a habit of inserting bacterial DNA along with the desired sequences into various sites in chromosomes, with unknown consequences. Even more alarming...

In this interview as in past public comments, Jennifer Doudna opens the door to using the CRISPR platform she helped develop in the service of a hugely controversial enterprise: altering the genomes and traits of future children and subsequent generations....

The genealogy company Ancestry has been acquired by investment firm Blackstone for $4.7 billion, changing ownership of the company and...

Every so often in Britain, eugenics is accused of making a comeback. Recently, the Black Lives Matter movement has drawn attention to...

Deaf power poster
By Sarah Katz, Discover | 08.11.2020

Deaf Power Poster

As someone who was born deaf, I’m concerned about the latest application of a gene-editing tool called...

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By Editorial, The Bakersfield Californian | 08.08.2020

The November general election ballot includes two statewide propositions that address health issues. Proposition 14 asks voters to extend the...

Regular and golden rice
By The Stop Golden Rice Network, Independent Science News | 08.07.2020

The push for corporate-led solutions to hunger and malnutrition is alarming. In particular, Golden Rice is now being proposed as...

Carl Linnaeus
By Brian Lovett, Undark | 08.06.2020

WE ARE LIVING through a period of cultural upheaval. Around the world, statues of iconic men who held racist beliefs and...

American Covid-19 lockdown
By Ed Yong, The Atlantic | 08.04.2020

How did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the...

Gene editing process
By Catherine Shaffer, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | 08.03.2020

Just seven years ago, the Broad Institute’s Feng Zhang, PhD, and Harvard geneticist George Church, PhD, separately demonstrated that in...

Robert Edwards
By Michael Cook, BioEdge | 08.02.2020

If the “cancel culture” is gunning for eugenicists, there are more than enough candidates. One of the most prominent is...

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By Caitlin Harrington, Wired | 07.30.2020

JEFF JOHNSON WAS in a hurry. His lunch break was nearing its end, and he needed to catch the 6 train...