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By Megan Molteni, Wired | 08.03.2018

Since the launch of its DNA testing service in 2007, genomics giant 23andMe has convinced more than 5 million people to fill a plastic tube with half a teaspoon of saliva. In return for all that spit (and some cash...

By Katie Hasson, GeneWatch | 08.06.2018

A wave of controversy about reproductive gene editing gathered force in response to reports in 2015 of the first CRISPR experiments on human embryos. That news provoked two kinds of reactions: on the one hand, hyperbolic claims about "editing humanity"...

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

On May 18, W. French Anderson, known as the “father of gene therapy,” was released from prison on parole. Two...

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By Stuart A. Newman, Counterpunch | 07.31.2018

Human civilization has taken an important turn with the publication of a new report by the Nuffield Council, the semi-official...

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By Tony Romm and Drew Harwell, Washington Post | 07.31.2018

Ancestry, 23andMe and other popular companies that offer genetic testing pledged on Tuesday to be upfront when they share users’...

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By Radhika Viswanathan, Vox [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 07.28.2018

When scientists discover a new way to prevent disease or overcome infertility, they usually get applauded. But throw genetic engineering...

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By Amy Dockser Marcus, The Wall Street Journal | 07.27.2018

In recent years, scientists have begun using the gene editing tool Crispr to experiment in the laboratory with altering embryos...

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By Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, Stat | 07.27.2018

I was 15 in 1978 when Louise Joy Brown’s birth captured the world’s attention. Still new to monthly menstrual cycles,...

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By Cary Funk and Meg Hefferon, Pew Research Center | 07.26.2018

Americans’ views on the appropriateness of changing a baby’s genetic characteristics depend in large part on the intended purpose and...

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By Maggie Fox, NBC News | 07.25.2018

Home DNA test results from the 5 million customers of 23andMe will now be used by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline to...

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By Ewen Callaway, Nature | 07.25.2018

Gene-edited crops should be subject to the same stringent regulations as conventional genetically modified (GM) organisms, Europe’s highest court ruled...