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President Trump’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic has been rooted from the start in grand goals and grander ambitions, all to be achieved with record speed.

His administration’s funding of COVID-19 vaccines is dubbed “Operation Warp Speed.” As recently as...

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...

On August 6, 2020 I gave a talk, “The Last Disabled Oracle,” as part of Assembly for the Future, a...

In this interview as in past public comments, Jennifer Doudna opens the door to using the CRISPR platform she helped...

scissors cutting DNA
By Amy Dockser Marcus, Wall Street Journal | 10.29.2020

Scientists using the Crispr gene-editing technology in human embryos to try to repair a gene that causes hereditary blindness found it...

Disability rights demonstration
By Ari Ne’eman, New York Times | 10.28.2020

Last week, the Supreme Court acquiesced to another attack on the voting rights of all Americans. In a 5-3 decision,...

A 1971 protest against eugenics
By Jude Casimir, Wear Your Voice | 10.27.2020

Henrietta Lacks visited John Hopkins Hospital in 1951, complaining of vaginal bleeding. A mother of five children, Lacks was diagnosed by gynecologist...

California flag
By Usha Lee McFarling, STAT | 10.26.2020

LOS ANGELES — This Election Day, California voters are being asked to replenish funding for the state’s ambitious stem cell...

a hand voting
By David Jensen, California Stem Cell Report | 10.26.2020

The first president of the California stem cell agency, Zach Hall, says that he would vote against the $5.5...

Osagie K. Obasogie
By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times | 10.26.2020

In late 2018, UC Berkeley bioethics professor Osagie K. Obasogie received a campus email about a research fund available to...

Stem cell injection
By Pete Shanks, Capitol Weekly | 10.26.2020

At a time of budget crisis, Proposition 14 commits California to spending $5 billion (plus interest) that we don’t have,...

California polling station
By Katarina Zimmer, The Scientist | 10.24.2020

Over the course of its 16-year existence, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Oakland has helped transform its state...