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Seizing on the surging popularity of at-home DNA testing kits, top academic medical institutions are opening clinics that promise to probe much deeper into your DNA — if you’re willing to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars out of...

Many surprises come with having a baby, including learning your child's sex and discovering all the traits they inherited as they grow up. But what if parents could pick and choose their children's genetic makeup instead of leaving those traits...

Proponents of a proposed law allowing women to be paid to donate their eggs for research say it’s all about...

Call it the “ick” factor.

Stories like the 2018 bombshell out of China, of a scientist manipulating embryonic DNA...

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By William Wan and Laurie McGinley, The Washington Post | 09.06.2019

Responding to ubiquitous online marketing by stem cell clinics selling unapproved treatments for everything from achy joints to Alzheimer’s, Google...

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By Belinda Martineau, Biotech Salon | 09.06.2019

UC Davis researcher Alison Van Eenennaam described the experience of learning that the “poster animals for the gene-editing revolution” do...

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By Mohsen Abdelmoumen, American Herald Tribune | 09.05.2019

In your book Biotech Juggernaut, Hope, Hype, and Hidden Agendas of Entrepreneurial BioScience co-authored with Tina Stevens, you draw attention...

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By Sui-Lee Wee, The New York Times | 09.04.2019

China’s first duplicate cat marks the country’s emergence in gene research and its entry in a potentially lucrative and unregulated...

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By Andrew Solomon, The New York Times | 09.02.2019

The eugenic movement spearheaded by Francis Galton in England in the late Victorian period reached a culmination in the view...

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By Alex Pearlman, MIT Technology Review | 08.30.2019

Citing the tremendous cost of new drugs, an international group of biohackers say they are creating a knockoff of a...

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By Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News | 08.29.2019

The Trump administration wants to enable Customs and Border Protection officials to collect DNA samples from undocumented immigrants in its...

human eggs under a microscope
By Alison Motluk, HeyReprotech! | 08.27.2019

Ten years ago, if you were a woman who had donated eggs, there was a good chance you'd never met...