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By Françoise Baylis and Alana Cattapan, The Conversation | 04.02.2018

In Canada, it’s illegal to pay for the services of a surrogate mother or to purchase human gametes — sperm and eggs. These prohibitions are entrenched in the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Some Liberal members of Parliament want to...

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy DC Bureau [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 05.29.2018
It markets its DNA kits with promises that tug at the heartstrings: Discover ancestors. Strengthen family ties. Understand your life. Aided by venture capital and a flood of savvy marketing,

As appalling as it sounds today, the practice of sterilizing mentally ill women and men to prevent them from passing...

In a disappointing and deeply divided opinion released today, the California Supreme Court upheld a state law law mandating DNA...

Pipetting fluid into clear test tubes held in a blue container.
By Ian Sample, The Guardian | 07.17.2018

The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances...

3 different color cartoon drawing of DNA--blue, green, and orange--on a yellow background.
By Marcy Darnovsky, The Guardian | 07.17.2018

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has taken what it clearly regards as a brave new step: it has openly...

Stained pink/purple tumor cells under a microscope.
By Sharon Begley, Stat | 07.16.2018

From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits...

Tray of test tubes with purple caps.
By Liz Connor, Irish News | 07.11.2018

It's been four decades since Louise Brown became the first human to be been born after conception by IVF, and...

Newborn baby lies on hospital bed and stretches arms upwards.
By Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic | 07.09.2018

Sperm donation offers a tidy solution to an aggravating problem: When a person or a couple wants a baby and...

A laboratory technician handles capped test tubes while wearing safety gear and gloves.
By Gina Kolata, The New York Times | 07.02.2018

Dr. Joshua Clayton, a 29-year-old radiology resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, wanted to learn about his ancestry....

Up close shot of an officer handcuffing a person under arrest..
By Heather Murphy, The New York Times | 06.27.2018

When the Golden State Killer case was cracked in April with the help of a genealogist and an open-source ancestry...

Image is of a well-lit, sterile medical operating room.
By Katherine Drabiak, Washington Post | 06.25.2018

The Food and Drug Administration not long ago announced its authorization that permits genetics testing company 23andMe to market a...