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New guidelines released Wednesday remove a decades-old barrier to stem cell research, recommending that researchers be allowed to grow human embryos longer under limited conditions.

The “14-day rule,” an international ethical standard that limits laboratory studies of human embryos, has...

The COVID pandemic has placed new hurdles to having a child through surrogacy, complicating international surrogacy in particular by restricting travel, delaying birth certificates and visas, and introducing specific considerations about safety and well-being. In addition, the pandemic has created...

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The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), which bills itself as “the...

The Nobel prize in chemistry awarded last year to the biochemists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for the genetic modification...

Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Pavilion
By Pam Belluck, New York Times | 07.14.2021

The Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Pavilion
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In a striking reflection of concern...

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By Jonathan Saltzman, Boston Globe | 07.13.2021

At least half-a-dozen private health insurers in some of the nation’s largest states are balking at covering Biogen’s controversial drug...

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By Carl Elliott, Hastings Center Report | 07.13.2021

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Activism is rare among clinical ethicists because the position of ethics consultant is constructed in a way that makes...

a gloved hand holding up a sheet of paper with a DNA sequence on it.
By Justin Jouvenal, Boston Globe | 07.13.2021

The Exxon clerk never got a good look at the assailants who robbed him at gunpoint in Fairfax County, so...

DNA and scale of justice
By Gina Kolata, New York Times | 07.12.2021

A committee of experts working with the World Health Organization on Monday called on the nations of the world to...

DNA and scientists graphic
By Jantina de Vries and Françoise Baylis, The Conversation | 07.12.2021

In July 2021, after more than two years of study and consultation, the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Committee on...

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By Jennifer Szalai, New York Times | 07.12.2021

“The Man Who Hated Women,” the arresting title of Amy Sohn’s new book, would have been more fitting if the...

DNA helix turning into an umbilical cord attached to an unborn human child
By Dieter Egli, BioNews | 07.12.2021

I recently received a thoughtful letter from a college student I do not know – I'll call her Claudia* –...