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In a paper published today in Nature, a research group led by Kathy Niakan of The Francis Crick Institute in London describes the use of CRISPR-Cas9 to study the functions of a particular gene involved in very early stages...

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A paper published today in Nature reported on work led by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) researcher Shoukhrat Mitalipov to genetically edit human embryos, apparently with the goal of using this technique for reproductive purposes.

“This is a pivotal point...

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News that a controversial U.S. researcher has used CRISPR to create genetically altered human embryos underscores...

CGS in the News

By Jim Kozubek, Los Angeles Review of Books [cites CGS] | 09.07.2017

TWO TRENDS are on the rise, and one is about to make the other worse.

The first is epitomized in a July 2017 report in The Economist on the United States’s urban-rural divide, which noted that “deaths of despair” — suicide, heart disease, and drug overdoses — are increasing in the southeastern corner of West Virginia. Life expectancy for men is now 16.5 years lower than in neighboring Arlington. Christian H. Cooper’s moving essay in Nautilus entitled “Why Poverty Is...

By Karla Lant, Futurism [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 08.21.2017

As the scientific community takes in the work of the team who edited the DNA of the human embryos this month, different opinions about the safety, efficacy, and potential of the technique abound.


In a lab at Oregon Health & Science University, biologist Shoukhrat Mitalipov and a team of experts have been exploring and learning how to edit the DNA in human embryos efficiently and safely. This month, they announced their successful edit and correction of...

By Tom Ashbrook, NPR On Point [features Marcy Darnovksy] | 08.08.2017

After the blockbuster announcement a U.S. team successfully edited human embryos come the tough medical and ethical questions. We’ll talk it through.

A first in the U.S.: researchers have now edited the genetic code of viable human embryos, cutting and splicing to avoid defect and disease. The DNA of human embryos. Genetically edited. The edited embryos weren’t implanted in a woman. Weren’t born. But they could have been. New life spared disease, maybe death. How far does this gene editing...

Fact Sheets

A one-page overview of CGS's Program on Gender, Justice, and Human Genetics.
A one-page overview of the provision of eggs for reproduction by college women