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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...

Padlock attached to a DNA strand on a blue background.
By Karen Gullo, Electronic Frontier Foundation [cites CGS] | 03.29.2019

Analyzing and indefinitely keeping the DNA profiles of thousands of Californians arrested for felonies, but never charged with a crime,...

Three test tubes nect to gloved hand
By Elizabeth Joh, Slate | 03.29.2019

Sometimes a marketing pivot serves a truth-telling function. A new television ad for the consumer DNA database FamilyTreeDNA asks the...

Brown mouse sitting on gloved hand
By Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review | 03.26.2019

Since its invention, CRISPR has let scientists introduce DNA changes at specific locations in a genome. Often these precise changes...

Three human embryos under microscope on a blue background
By Anna Maria Romero, The Independent | 03.21.2019

Mumbai—A Malaysian national has been detained at the Mumbai International Airport after it was discovered that he was carrying live...

Two pairs of scissors cutting a strand of DNA
By Stephen Buranyi, The New York Review of Books | 03.21.2019

When the journal Science chose the radical gene-editing technology CRISPR as its 2015 breakthrough of the year, the editorial team...

satellite image of Earth
By Jon Cohen, Science | 03.19.2019

There’s an “urgent need” to create a transparent global registry that would list all experiments related to human genome editing,...

A family of five silhouetted in front of a sunset.
By Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic | 03.18.2019

The first Facebook message arrived when Heather Woock was packing for vacation, in August 2017. It was from a stranger claiming to...

A close-up photograph of a light-skinned newborn baby with its face obscured
By Landon J. Getz and Graham Dellaire, The Conversation | 03.15.2019

In a newly published article in Nature, a group of prominent scientists and ethicists have called for a moratorium...