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In a new study, four researchers reviewed policy documents from 106 countries to map out the policy landscape regarding human germline and heritable genome editing, finding that only 11 countries explicitly allow the use of genetically modified in vitro...

Scientists using the Crispr gene-editing technology in human embryos to try to repair a gene that causes hereditary blindness found it made unintended and unwanted changes, frequently eliminating an entire chromosome or large sections of it.

The study published Thursday in...

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

SACRAMENTO — In an election year dominated by a chaotic presidential race and splashy statewide ballot initiative campaigns, Californians are...

Down syndrome ultrasound
By Richard Gunderman, Psychology Today | 01.03.2021

A recently released study finds that Europe has reduced the number of babies born with Down syndrome by 54%. In...

Facial recognition
By Catherine Stinson, American Scientist | 01.01.2021

“Phrenology” has an old-fashioned ring to it. It sounds like it belongs in a history book, filed somewhere between bloodletting and...

Holocaust victims
By Eric T. Jeungst, AMA Journal of Ethics | 01.01.2021

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The Holocaust and the racial hygiene doctrine that helped rationalize it still overshadow contemporary debates about using gene editing...

Human genome graphic
By Megan Molteni , Wired | 12.30.2020

IN 1987, WHEN researchers first used the word genomics to describe the newly developing discipline of mapping DNA, Eric Green had...

IVF clinic equipment
By Helen Pidd, The Guardian | 12.29.2020

England’s first not-for-profit IVF clinic is to open in London next year, run by a charity better known for providing...

Home DNA kit
By Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch | 12.29.2020

DNA testing technology company 23andMe  has raised just shy of $82.5 million in new funding, from an offering of...

A crowd under surveillance
By Davide Castelvecchi, Nature | 12.23.2020

After a year of heavy scrutiny and seemingly endless controversy around artificial-intelligence (AI) technologies, the field’s most prestigious conference has...

Cancer cells
By Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | 12.22.2020

It’s troubling news that gene therapy researchers have long anticipated: A hemophilia patient injected with a virus carrying a therapeutic...