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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...

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By Candice Choi and Marilynn Marchione, Time | 01.28.2019

Long before the claim of the world’s first gene-edited babies became public, Chinese researcher He Jiankui shared the news with...

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By Nina Frahm and Tess Doezema, Stat News | 01.28.2019

It’s been two months since Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world with the announcement that his lab had created...

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By Mark Kennedy, Times Free Press | 01.27.2019

Chinese authorities confirmed last week that a scientist there is responsible for the first "gene editing" of human babies.

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By Rose Eveleth, Wired | 01.27.2019

In1961, A college student named David Myers traveled from Washington, DC, to the US Naval School of Aviation Medicine in Florida...

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By Gina Kolata, The New York Times | 01.27.2019

Scientists have long known what causes sickle-cell disease and its devastating effects: a single mutation in one errant gene....

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By Usha Lee McFarling, Los Angeles Times | 01.23.2019

In case you haven’t noticed, stem cell clinics are popping up everywhere. There are hundreds across the country, especially in...

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By Ryan F. Mandelbaum, Gizmodo | 01.23.2019

Chinese researchers have cloned five gene-edited monkeys with a host of genetic disease symptoms, according to two scientific papers published...

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By Pam Belluck, The New York Times | 01.23.2019

A year ago, Dr. Matthew Porteus, a genetics researcher at Stanford, received an out-of-the-blue email from a young Chinese scientist,...