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A panel convened by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics today issued a report asserting that modifying the genes of future children and generations "could be morally permissible." This conclusion rests on a disappointing number of "straw man" arguments and fails...

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The first baby born as a result of in vitro fertilization (IVF) celebrates her 40th birthday on July 25. This is a landmark not only for Louise Brown but also for the millions of others whose lives have been impacted...

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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...

CGS in the News

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 ethics study”, July 17). The most authoritative international agreement on human genetic technologies to date, the Council of Europe’s 1997...

By Ian Sample, The Guardian | 07.17.2018

The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances in life has received a cautious green light in a landmark report from a leading UK ethics body.

The Nuffield...

By Kurt Pitzer, People [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 06.21.2018

A Ukrainian doctor is creating genetically modified “three-parent” babies in an effort to give infertile women a chance to bear children who share their genes.

The practice is banned in the U.S. and many other countries and, according to a...

Op-Eds

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 endorsed the use of genome editing to engineer the traits of future children and generations. The council’s report, Genome editing...

By Alan Goodman, Marcy Darnovsky, et. al., New York Times | 04.02.2018
In “‘Race’ in the Age of Modern Genetics” (Sunday Review, March 25), David Reich does a disservice to the many scientists and scholars who have demonstrated the scientific flaws of considering “race” a biological category. This robust body of scholarship...
By Marcy Darnovsky, Leah Lowthorp, and Katie Hasson, OpenGlobalRights | 02.15.2018

What do recent advances in molecular genetics have to do with human rights? Quite a lot, it turns out. And key human rights documents have recognized this for some time.

Over the past few years, new “gene editing” tools that...

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