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Technologies

Has a commentary in Nature shifted the landscape of the debate about editing the genomes of future children? Or will...

Nature published a commentary on March 13th with the forthright title “Adopt a moratorium on heritable genome editing.”

It was...

White pencil writing a double strand of DNA on a blue background

A group of 18 prominent scientists—including some who helped develop CRISPR–Cas9, the current leading tool for gene editing—issued a call...

Depiction of CRISPR--purple strand of DNA being cut from them middle of two orange strands

A group of prominent scientists and bioethicists is calling for a global moratorium on any new attempts to bring gene-edited...

Policies

Depiction of CRISPR--purple strand of DNA being cut from them middle of two orange strands

A group of prominent scientists and bioethicists is calling for a global moratorium on any new attempts to bring gene-edited...

Microscopic picture of IVF embryo

We call for a global moratorium on all clinical uses of human germline editing — that is, changing heritable DNA...

Two parents holding a baby

A Facebook post was what alerted Katelynn Gurbach to a massive tank malfunction at University Hospitals Fertility Center near Cleveland...

Chinese flag

In the wake of the shocking news that one of its scientists had produced genetically altered babies, the Chinese government...

Society

White pencil writing a double strand of DNA on a blue background

A group of 18 prominent scientists—including some who helped develop CRISPR–Cas9, the current leading tool for gene editing—issued a call...

In the months since He Jiankui first announced the birth of gene-edited twins, there’s been a steady stream of revelations...

Family tree with 7 generations

Tracing genealogies has become immensely popular of late, and numerous companies offer to help you search through historical records or...

Gloved hand holding DNA results with dyed purple columns on clear plate

One night in November 1999, a 26-year-old woman was raped in a parking lot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Police officers...

Perspectives

Ultrasound of child with down syndrome

In 2011, poet and writer George Estreich wrote about the impact of biotechnology on family life in his first book, ...

Family tree with 7 generations

Tracing genealogies has become immensely popular of late, and numerous companies offer to help you search through historical records or...

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies used to focus on ailments and ancestry, and were marketed directly to the people tested. But...

NASA spaceship taking off, smoke surrounding the ship

In1961, A college student named David Myers traveled from Washington, DC, to the US Naval School of Aviation Medicine in Florida...