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Technologies

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The Nuffield Council’s approval of the creation of genetically modified children is inexcusable (“ Human gene editing morally permissible, says...

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The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances...

Stained pink/purple tumor cells under a microscope.

From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits...

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It's been four decades since Louise Brown became the first human to be been born after conception by IVF, and...

Policies

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The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has taken what it clearly regards as a brave new step: it has openly...

The popularity of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing by companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com has skyrocketed. Meanwhile, so has concern...

Illustration of a map of U.S.-Mexico border along the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

In the unfolding family separation crisis at the US-Mexico border, one thing has become increasingly clear; the federal government lacks...

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced an end to administration’s policy of separating families at the border. But the...

Society

The explosion of reality television has dramatically altered how we think about celebrities, everyday life, and the boundary between the...

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When the Golden State Killer case was cracked in April with the help of a genealogist and an open-source ancestry...

Photograph of the Mexican-U.S. border at Nopales showing fence and cities on either side.

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the US border as a result of the White...

Gallup released its annual Values and Beliefs survey on June 4th. This is the 18th year in which Gallup has...

Perspectives

Newborn baby lies on hospital bed and stretches arms upwards.

Sperm donation offers a tidy solution to an aggravating problem: When a person or a couple wants a baby and...

A laboratory technician handles capped test tubes while wearing safety gear and gloves.

Dr. Joshua Clayton, a 29-year-old radiology resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, wanted to learn about his ancestry....

The stories of women in India who sell their eggs rarely make news. Typically, neither the sellers in these transactions...

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Last year, shortly after she had donated her eggs for the eighth time since 2009, Shabana Memon* resolved never to...