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“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
—Yogi Berra, or perhaps Mark Twain, Niels Bohr or some anonymous...

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Across the world, DNA databases that could be used for state-level surveillance are steadily growing.

The most striking case is...

Even if you’re not familiar with the gene-editing technology CRISPR Cas-9, you’ve probably heard the term designer babies. Until...

Strands of DNA cut in two places

Around this time last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world when he revealed the birth of the first...

Policies

Strands of DNA cut in two places

Around this time last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world when he revealed the birth of the first...

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Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has reaffirmed his support for a moratorium on...

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MOSCOW — Russian health officials are playing down international concerns that a Moscow researcher plans to create gene-edited babies any...

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This week's relatively rosy report on the economic impact of California's $3 billion stem cell research program has not convinced...

Society

Strands of DNA cut in two places

Around this time last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world when he revealed the birth of the first...

photo of a white man with grey hair and mustache, crossing his arms and smiling

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has reaffirmed his support for a moratorium on...

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A private DNA ancestry database that’s been used by police to catch criminals is a security risk from which a...

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In the autumn of 1869, Charles Darwin was hard at work revising the fifth edition of On The Origin of...

Perspectives

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Thanks to the emergence of affordable home DNA testing, we are now constantly learning surprising news relating to family connections...

Five years ago today, then-Governor Jerry Brown signed into law anti-eugenic legislation prohibiting sterilization in state prisons. This bill, sponsored...

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Throughout Ukraine, advertisements about becoming a surrogate mother are plastered on buses and throughout the metro.

They ask: "Аre...

Jackie Leach Scully is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Disability Innovation Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney,...