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By Megan Molteni, Wired | 08.03.2018

Since the launch of its DNA testing service in 2007, genomics giant 23andMe has convinced more than 5 million people to fill a plastic tube with half a teaspoon of saliva. In return for all that spit (and some cash...

By Katie Hasson, GeneWatch | 08.06.2018

A wave of controversy about reproductive gene editing gathered force in response to reports in 2015 of the first CRISPR experiments on human embryos. That news provoked two kinds of reactions: on the one hand, hyperbolic claims about "editing humanity"...

The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances...

On May 18, W. French Anderson, known as the “father of gene therapy,” was released from prison on parole. Two...

Digital illustration of DNA; painted blue on a darker blue background.
By Katherine Lindemann, Research Gate | 07.23.2018

A study released last week suggests that the gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 may not be as precise as previously thought....

An image of in vitro fertilization in black and white.
By Heidi Ledford, Nature | 07.23.2018

By 2100, in vitro fertilization (IVF) might account for 3.5% of the global population — some 400 million people....

A lab technician places oocyte vials in storage compartment.
By Peter Goffin, The Globe and Mail | 07.22.2018

A lawsuit filed by a Toronto woman against a fertility clinic that she claims was responsible for the loss of...

Image of goup of people waving pride flag and Israeli flag.
By David Kaufman, Quartz | 07.20.2018

Major strikes are planned across Israel this Sunday (July 22) to protest a new law that essentially excludes LGBT couples...

Image of a recently fertilized egg with few cells.
By Richard Hayes, Financial Times | 07.18.2018

The Nuffield Council’s approval of the creation of genetically modified children is inexcusable (“ Human gene editing morally permissible, says...

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By Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic | 07.17.2018

It was AncestryDNA’s customer-service rep who had to break the news to Catherine St Clair.

For her part, St...

Pipetting fluid into clear test tubes held in a blue container.
By Ian Sample, The Guardian [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 07.17.2018

The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances...

3 different color cartoon drawing of DNA--blue, green, and orange--on a yellow background.
By Marcy Darnovsky, The Guardian | 07.17.2018

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has taken what it clearly regards as a brave new step: it has openly...