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In a surprise announcement from a trial that was closed to the public, the court found Dr. He guilty of forging approval documents from ethics review boards.
Genetic genealogy has ushered in a new era devoid of rules and regulations concerning genetic privacy.
DNA databases have become like Facebook for genes, driven by the same fundamental human desire to connect.
The unique benefit of germline editing is extremely limited in its application—a fact that must be emphasized in the discussions surrounding germline editing.
Photo of He Jiankui, a Chinese man with black hair wearing a blue shirt
By Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review | 12.03.2019

He Jiankui’s manuscript shows how he ignored ethical and scientific norms in creating the gene-edited twins Lulu and Nana.

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A woman's face with a grin indicating facial recognition software
By Sui-Lee Wee & Paul Mozur, The New York Times | 12.03.2019

In a dusty city in the Xinjiang region on China’s western frontier, the authorities are testing the rules of science....

Two police officers in China patrol a city square
By Yves Moreau, Nature | 12.03.2019

Across the world, DNA databases that could be used for state-level surveillance are steadily growing.

The most striking case is...

doctor makes notes on a baby with stethoscope in the foreground
By Charis Thompson, AMA Journal of Ethics | 12.01.2019

Abstract

Gene-edited babies who might be born in the future should be monitored over the course of their life. These...

Colorful double helix turning into a human form
By Mark Buchanan, Bloomberg | 11.25.2019

Biologists recently revealed a new form of the gene-editing tool known as Crispr that allows researchers to make precise changes...

Strands of DNA cut in two places
By Emily Mullin, Medium | 11.25.2019

Around this time last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world when he revealed the birth of the first...

swab used in a home DNA test
By Ed Cara, Gizmodo | 11.20.2019

At the start of this decade, the federal government called out consumer DNA testing as a burgeoning scam industry. Little...

A Chinese man in a blue shirt (Dr. He Jiankui)
By Nature Editorial Board, Nature | 11.20.2019

A year ago this week, geneticist He Jiankui made the shocking announcement of the birth of twin girls in China...