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When we talk about gene editing technology, we often talk about—but almost never deeply consider—the concept of designer babies. Consider this article in The New York Times, titled “Gene Editing for ‘Designer Babies’? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say.”...

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Let’s Not Distort Debates about Human Cloning and Heritable Gene Editing

Cloning is back in the headlines. Researchers managed to create two macaque monkeys by cloning, and immediately there was talk about using the Dolly-the-sheep technique to create human clones....

Remember the human cloning controversies of the early 2000s? One reason they faded was that scientists were unable to clone non-human primates. Now that researchers have produced two cloned monkeys, we should brace ourselves for a rerun...

When we talk about gene editing technology, we often talk about—but almost never deeply consider—the concept of designer babies. Consider this article in The New York Times, titled “Gene Editing for ‘Designer Babies’? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say.”...

A black woman kisses a young black girl with joy and love expressed on their faces. In the background, there is a city back drop with other people walking on the sidewalk is featured, but out of focus and blurred.

For centuries, people have drawn the line between nature and nurture.

In the nineteenth century, the English polymath Francis Galton...

Macaque monkey eating

There has been a big scientific breakthrough that may bring the world one step closer to cloning humans. Two female...

Two young macaque monkeys embracing

For the first time, researchers have used the cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep to create healthy monkeys, bringing...

Baby macaque monkey riding on an adult macaque's back

Chinese researchers have finally figured out how to clone a primate, using the same technique Scottish researchers devised to clone...