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This summer, after a Russian biochemist announced plans to follow in the footsteps of a rogue Chinese researcher and produce genetically modified children, a 150-year-old academic journal that reflects the current scientific consensus called on the world to stop him....

The only type of couple that would be unable to have a healthy, at least partially related, child through existing means is one in which both individuals carry two abnormal genes for the same dominant condition. Given the rarity of...
As applications of advancing DNA forensics continue to become more accessible, some worry that police may misuse this technology.
This bill is only the most recent attempt of bio-entrepreneurial interests and well-funded lobbying over the course of more than a decade to expand access to women’s eggs.
needle extracting a fertilized egg from a petrie dish
By Jennifer M. Gumer, The Hastings Center | 09.26.2019

Last month, an international commission convened to consider whether and how germline editing – changing the genes passed on to...

gloved hand holding a forensic DNA result
By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times | 09.25.2019

For decades, scientists have used ever-improving DNA forensics to help solve crimes and detect suspects in cold cases such as...

Image of He Jiankui
By Franҫoise Baylis, STAT | 09.23.2019

The hubris of some scientists knows no bounds. Less than a year after He Jiankui, a Chinese biophysicist, drew scorn...

gloved hand holding a vial of stem cells with tweezers
By Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle | 09.18.2019

California’s medical board on Wednesday took up an issue that scientists and consumer watchdog groups say is critical to patient...

Window poster for SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program)
By Audrey Farley, The Washington Post | 09.17.2019

In July, the Trump administration unveiled a plan to disqualify 3 million Americans from receiving food stamps. The proposal, which...

Human egg being penetrated by a needle
By Emily Mullin, One Zero | 09.16.2019

At least 10 babies have been born to apparently infertile women as a result of a controversial in vitro fertilization...

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By Madeline Roache, Al Jazeera | 09.13.2019

Throughout Ukraine, advertisements about becoming a surrogate mother are plastered on buses and throughout the metro.

They ask: "Аre...

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By Lisa Ikemoto and Diane Tober, San Francisco Chronicle | 09.12.2019

For a list of organizations opposing AB922, including reproductive justice, women’s health, LGBTQ rights, and other public interest organizations, see this fact...