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Technologies

Louise Brown, the world's first test-tube baby, holds her son.

On July 25, 2018, Louise Brown, the world’s first baby born via in-vitro fertilization (IVF), will be celebrating her 40...

Microscopic image of oocyte.

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

Model of an egg surrounded by sperm, and illuminated by a light angled from above.

Scientists are trying to manufacture eggs and sperm in the laboratory. Will it end reproduction as we know it?

Let’s...

An incomplete puzzle featuring an image of a double helix, with several pieces scattered around the puzzle.

Now that science is a big step closer to being able to fiddle with the genes of a human embryo,...

Policies

DNA gel being held on a clear glass tray by a gloved technician.

Forensic science is an embattled field. As DNA testing has overturned hundreds of convictions based on flawed forensic evidence, scientists and...

The front of the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento, California.

At a time when civil rights, health services, and climate justice are under attack nationally, California is leading the way...

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John Zhang, a New York fertility doctor, wanted to push the boundaries of science and fertility by giving women at...

FDA building and sign

On Friday, FDA sent him a letter notifying him of his violations

The doctor who created a genetically modified “three-parent...

Society

A cotton swab rests on a container.

It was a strange moment of triumph against racism: The gun-slinging white supremacist Craig Cobb, dressed up for daytime TV...

Image of a display from UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science's Biotech Learning Lab featuring two children using a pipette and a beaker.

Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, whose mission is “to inspire and foster science learning for all,” is currently planning...

Book cover of "Babies of Technology" featuring quadruplets wearing overalls and red striped shirt looking over the edge of a crib.

Babies of Technology: Assisted Reproduction and the Rights of the Child, by Mary Ann Mason and Tom Ekman, 240...

The cast of Orphan Black is dressed in character and lined against a darkened background. The main character is positioned in the middle, with a hood covering her head. The title, "Orphan Black" appears below the characters, with a double helix in the letter "H."

With research involving gene editing of embryos now officially underway in the US, and the apparent ability to genetically alter...

Perspectives

Close-up of a double helix structure positioned horizontally.

On August 2nd, scientists achieved a milestone on the path to human genetic engineering. For the first time in the...

Two young girls face each other, and both appear to be using American Sign Language to communicate. They seem to be signing gum, candy, or apple.

Last month, researchers in Oregon broke new scientific ground when they used CRISPR/Cas-9 to genetically modify human embryos, a first...

Three cotton swabs lay inside of a DNA testing kit.

In a new book, University of North Carolina, Charlotte anthropologist Jonathan Marks says that racism in science is alive and...

Black and white photo of a child's hand touching a parent's palm.

Protecting abortion access for her, especially as conservatives try to push the definition of "life" earlier and earlier, feels just

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