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Despite the appearance of agreement, scientists are not of the same mind about the ethics and governance of human germline editing. A careful review of public comments and published commentaries in top-tier science journals reveals marked differences in perspective. These...

Danielle Lloyd, a former Miss Great Britain and celebrity mother of four boys, wants to guarantee that her next baby will be a girl. So, she revealed in a TV interview last year, she’s planning to get pregnant through in...

In their single-minded venture of “producing” (shengchan, in their own word) the world’s first gene-edited babies, He Jiankui and...

The gene-editing scandal that made headlines in late November, with researcher He Jiankui claiming to have created twin girls...

Human embryo at four-cell stage on an aqua-colored background
By Sheryl Ubelacker, The National Post | 02.04.2019

TORONTO — Women who become pregnant using fertility treatments — particularly in-vitro fertilization — have a slightly higher risk of...

Different colored DNA letters descending down a wall
By The Editorial Board, The New York Times | 02.01.2019

Last month, the DNA-testing company 23andMe secured Food and Drug Administration approval for a new screening for gene-based health risks....

Pipet in a test tube
By Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review | 02.01.2019

At his keyboard in Austin, Texas, Bryan Bishop was writing quickly. A nationally ranked speed typist, he had drafted a...

Microscopic picture of egg cells and embryos
By Rob Stein, National Public Radio [cites Marcy Darnovsky] | 02.01.2019

A scientist in New York is conducting experiments designed to modify DNA in human embryos as a step toward someday...

A building on the Rice University campus
By Jane Qiu, STAT News | 01.31.2019

BEIJING — An American scientist at Rice University was far more involved in the widely condemned “CRISPR babies” experiment than...

Man holding up clear plate with DNA
By Salvador Hernandez, BuzzFeed News | 01.31.2019

Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry...

A small child with curly hair holds a finger on an adult's hand
By Pilar Álvarez, El País | 01.30.2019

In a little over a decade, the number of foreign children adopted by Spanish parents has plunged from 5,541 to...

Two pairs of scissors cutting a strand of DNA
By The Editorial Board, The New York Times | 01.28.2019

Scientists quickly condemned the Chinese researcher who altered the DNA of at least two embryos to create the world’s first genetically edited...