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As of this year, the creation of genetically engineered and enhanced future human beings is no longer a scientific hypothetical....

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Over the past few years, researchers have developed a set of powerful new techniques for altering and synthesizing DNA. These...

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Pro: Research on Gene Editing in Humans Must Continue

By John Harris

In February of this year, the Human Fertilization...

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With the ubiquitous ways we apply our knowledge of genetics today—in crop seeds, medicine, space—it’s hard to believe the...

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The development of technology that allows human genes to be edited has stirred tremendous excitement about the potential for treating...

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A new generation of genetic engineering techniques, collectively known as "gene editing," is being hailed as a game-changer in the...