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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...

Human egg with cells in the form of a question mark
By Nicole Curato and Simon Niemeyer, The Conversation | 09.17.2020

Developments in gene editing are often met with moral panic. Every new announcement raises outrage over the audacity of scientists...

California flag
By Joyce E. Cutler and Tiffany Stecker, Bloomberg Government | 09.17.2020

California voters will be asked this November to spend big on stem cell research, an expensive proposition that could help...

Francis Collins portrait
By Francis Collins, NIH Director’s Blog | 09.17.2020

We stand at a critical juncture in the history of science. CRISPR and other innovative genome editing systems have given...

ICE officer
By Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic | 09.17.2020

Earlier this week, multiple human rights organizations filed a complaint on behalf of women detained at an Immigration and Customs...

Child vaccine
By Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review | 09.16.2020

In the 1950s, Albert Sabin was searching for an improved polio vaccine. To that end, his lab infected the brains...

Eugenics tree
By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN | 09.16.2020

Natalia Molina was shocked when she heard a whistleblower's allegations about hysterectomies in ICE custody. But also, she wasn't....

Stem cells
By David Jensen, Capitol Weekly | 09.15.2020

Over the last 15 years, California’s stem cell agency has spent $2.7 billion on research ranging from arthritis and blindness...

Voting ballot by mail
By Jeff Sheehy, San Diego Union-Tribune | 09.15.2020

It must seem odd that someone who has spent countless hours over the last 15 years as a member of...