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In 2015, Jennifer Doudna, codeveloper of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology, convened a meeting in Napa, Calif., aimed at setting the parameters for ethical use of the groundbreaking genomic technique. Her template for the proceedings was a meeting of scientists that...

Scientists and genetic counselors say that unregulated tools like the "How Gay Are You?" app can harm individuals and society, by causing anxiety, unnecessary medical expenses, stigmatization and worse.
As applications of advancing DNA forensics continue to become more accessible, some worry that police may misuse this technology.
The only type of couple that would be unable to have a healthy, at least partially related, child through existing means is one in which both individuals carry two abnormal genes for the same dominant condition. Given the rarity of such a scenario, the unique benefit of germline editing is extremely limited in its application—a fact that must be emphasized in the discussions surrounding germline editing.
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By Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle | 10.09.2019

The state stem cell agency, which is expected to run out of taxpayer money by the end of this year,...

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By Nathaniel Comfort, Nature | 10.08.2019

In the iconic frontispiece to Thomas Henry Huxley’s Evidence as to Man’s Place in Nature (1863), primate skeletons march across...

Bottles of IVF hormones and a pile of syringes
By Catherine Waldby, The Conversation | 10.03.2019

I think they collected […] maybe, six eggs. I think we got four embryos out of that […] One was...

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By Caitlin Dickerson, The New York Times | 10.02.2019

The Trump administration is moving to collect DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people booked into federal immigration custody...

Book cover for "Altered Inheritance" featuring text and two difference colored eyes
By Adam Hayden, Science | 09.30.2019

With Altered Inheritance, bioethicist Françoise Baylis has authored a vivid call to action that “aims to bridge the divides...

black and white image of a human egg undergoing IVF
By Stepan Kravchenko, Bloomberg | 09.28.2019

This summer, after a Russian biochemist announced plans to follow in the footsteps of a rogue Chinese researcher and produce...

Photos of Stuart Newman and Tina Stevens and the cover of their book, Biotech Juggernaut
By Tina Stevens and Stuart Newman, CounterPunch | 09.26.2019

In September, California’s legislature passed AB 922, a bill legalizing the payment to women for their eggs for research purposes....

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By Jennifer M. Gumer, The Hastings Center | 09.26.2019

Last month, an international commission convened to consider whether and how germline editing – changing the genes passed on to...