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In 2015, Jennifer Doudna, codeveloper of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology, convened a meeting in Napa, Calif., aimed at setting the parameters for ethical use of the groundbreaking genomic technique. Her template for the proceedings was a meeting of scientists that...

Scientists and genetic counselors say that unregulated tools like the "How Gay Are You?" app can harm individuals and society, by causing anxiety, unnecessary medical expenses, stigmatization and worse.
As applications of advancing DNA forensics continue to become more accessible, some worry that police may misuse this technology.
The only type of couple that would be unable to have a healthy, at least partially related, child through existing means is one in which both individuals carry two abnormal genes for the same dominant condition. Given the rarity of such a scenario, the unique benefit of germline editing is extremely limited in its application—a fact that must be emphasized in the discussions surrounding germline editing.
A row of babies in hospital cots swaddled in pink and blue blankets
By Clare Wilson, New Scientist | 11.07.2019

Plans for the National Health Service to sequence the DNA of every baby born in the UK, starting with a...

Human egg being penetrated by a needle for IVF
By Sharon Begley, STAT | 11.05.2019

By the time Sarah Chamberlin’s fertility doctor declared her genes “incompatible” with her husband’s and said the clash might be...

Office building with 23andMe logo
By Kashmir Hill and Heather Murphy, The New York Times | 11.05.2019

For police officers around the country, the genetic profiles that 20 million people have uploaded to consumer DNA sites represent...

Portrait of Charles Darwin
By Sarah Franklin, Nature | 10.29.2019

In the autumn of 1869, Charles Darwin was hard at work revising the fifth edition of On The Origin of...

Rainbow double helix
By Emily Maxmen, Nature | 10.29.2019

Joseph Vitti’s stomach turned when he opened a link an acquaintance had sent him. It took him to an app...

masked researcher handles genetic material in a pipette
By Andy Heil, Radio Free Europe | 10.26.2019

Moscow biologist and DNA specialist Denis Rebrikov has spent much of the past year kicking a scientific and ethical hornet's...

Early stage human embryo under a microscope
By Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | 10.24.2019

Two years ago, news headlines began to appear about a development that made many human geneticists uneasy. A U.S. company...

Double helix severed in two places
By Jon Cohen, Science | 10.21.2019

CRISPR, an extraordinarily powerful genome-editing tool invented in 2012, can still be clumsy. It sometimes changes genes it shouldn’t, and...