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Late last year, scientist He Jiankui announced the birth of the world’s first genetically modified babies. He deployed a technology known as CRISPR to alter the genomes of two embryos that he used to initiate a pregnancy; their mother...

As the debate about heritable genome editing unfolds, divergent perspectives are coming more clearly into view. Those who see it as offering little or no benefit while posing unacceptable societal risks support either the currently prevailing policies that ban it...

A congressional proposal that would overturn a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that barred the patenting of human genes and...

Last fall, when a Chinese scientist announced that he had created genetically modified twin babies, the world was stunned and...

He Jiankui speaks during the International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong on Nov. 28, 2018.
By Sharon Begley, STAT News | 05.28.2019

The condemnation of the Chinese scientist who created the world’s first genome-edited babies last year was far from universal: A...

Embryo selection for IVF
By Hannah Devlin, The Guardian | 05.24.2019

Couples undergoing IVF treatment could be given the option to pick the “smartest” embryo within the next 10 years, a...

Empty chairs at a board room table with microphones
By Staff Writer, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | 05.22.2019

The U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the Royal Society of the...

newborn baby feet with hospital bracelet
By Editorial Board, The Washington Post | 05.21.2019

WHEN CHINESE scientist He Jiankui announced last November his experiments making heritable genetic changes in human embryos followed by live...

Latest gloves and mouth swab
By Lidia Davis, Reviews.com [cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 05.20.2019

As morbid as it sounds, life insurance companies want to know how long you’ll be around, and figuring that out...

House of cards
By Ed Yong, The Atlantic | 05.17.2019

In 1996, a group of European researchers found that a certain gene, called SLC6A4, might influence a person’s risk...

Gloved hand holding vial of DNA
By Kevin Brasler, Consumers' Checkbook [cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 05.15.2019

While it’s fun to submit DNA to a testing service to learn you might be 10 percent Nigerian, Norwegian, or...

Man surveying land
By Françoise Baylis, Issues in Science and Technology | 05.15.2019

In late November 2018, the Chinese scientist He Jiankui ignited a media firestorm with the birth announcement of “healthy” twin...