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Press Statement
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...
Press Statement
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...
Press Statement
It was reported today that a fertility doctor working in Kiev, Ukraine is using highly controversial mitochondrial manipulation techniques for general infertility. [1] This is the second time in three weeks that the British popular science magazine...

CGS in the News

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...

By Rob Stein, NPR [cites Marcy Darnovsky] | 02.14.2017

Scientists could be allowed to make modifications in human DNA that can be passed down through subsequent generations, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine say.

Such a groundbreaking step should only be considered after more research and then only be conducted under tight restrictions, the academies write in a highly anticipated report released Tuesday. Such work should be reserved to prevent serious diseases and disabilities, it says.

The academies determined that new gene-editing techniques had...

Fact Sheets

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A one-page overview of the politics of stem cell research.