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The New York-based fertility doctor who last year acknowledged that he deliberately evaded US regulations by going to Mexico to produce a baby using nuclear transfer (or “three-person IVF”) has launched a company to market the risky and unapproved technique....

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The National Academies of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine today released a new report, Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance, that addresses the prospect of using gene editing for human reproduction. The report recommends a number of conditions and limitations on this application of gene editing. But it concludes...
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The UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) announced today that it has given a green light for clinical use of highly controversial mitochondrial manipulation techniques for the purpose of preventing the births of children affected by mitochondrial disease. Many scientists consider...

CGS in the News

By Osagie Obasogie, The Atlantic | 06.12.2017

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws banning interracial marriage, but the issues involved in the case extended beyond its current popular understanding as a tribute to romance.

Interracial marriage is at a historic high. According to a recent Pew Research Center report, couples with different racial backgrounds made up one in six new marriages in 2015—a stark change from previous eras when even looking at someone across the color line with a hint of...

By Sydney Perkowitz, JStor Daily [cites CGS] | 04.05.2017

In 1883, the English statistician and social scientist Francis Galton coined the word “eugenics” (“well-born,” from Greek). The term referred to his idea of selectively breeding people to enhance “desirable” and eliminate “undesirable” properties. Seen as following Darwin’s theory of evolution, in the 1920s and ’30s eugenics gained important backing in England and the United States. Scientists and physicians spoke and wrote in its support. It influenced U.S. immigration policy, and states like Virginia used it to justify the...

By Bonnie Rochman, Boston Globe [cites CGS] | 04.02.2017

Recently, two eminent groups of scientists and health and medical experts made a startling statement: Under very limited circumstances, it could be permissible to edit the genes of human eggs, sperm, or embryos. This marked the first time that a scientific organization has so explicitly acknowledged this possibility.

Laden as it was with caveats, the report issued by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine finally recognized that science has advanced to the point that tinkering...

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