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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...

Dollar bill with DNA in the middle
By James Paton, Bloomberg | 04.06.2019

Dozens of revolutionary gene therapies that mend faulty strands of DNA are on their way, bringing the power to eliminate...

Pacifier frozen in petri dish
By Jasmin Rosemberg, The New York Times | 04.05.2019

Perhaps it started with the fortuneteller.

Though I’d spent my 32 years steering clear of all tarot card readers and...

Brown lizard on log
By Heather Murphy, The New York Times | 04.05.2019

Scientists have been altering the genes of mice, pigs, goats, chickens and butterflies for quite some time. But even as...

Blue DNA on black background with green vertical letters and numbers on top
By Technology Quarterly, The Economist | 04.04.2019

1 A whole new world

Biology is a way of structuring matter at a molecular scale by slotting each atom...

Human embryo on blue background
By Julianna LeMieux, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | 04.01.2019

An anonymous incubator space just off the New Jersey Turnpike is the unlikely setting for Genomic Prediction, a genetic testing...

Several fingerprints stamped on a white background
By Clive Thompson, Smithsonian | 04.01.2019

At 9:00 a.m. last December 14, a man in Orange County, California, discovered he’d been robbed. Someone had swiped his...

Gel DNA plate with UV illumination
By Jan Ransom and Ashley Southall, The New York Times | 03.31.2019

When Karina Vetrano was found beaten and strangled in a Queens park nearly three years ago, the New York Police...

Blue double helix DNA strand on dark blue background
By Landon J. Getz and Graham Dellaire, The Hastings Center | 03.29.2019

On March 13, Nature published a call for a global moratorium on heritable human genome editing signed by several prominent...