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Technologies

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In late November 2018, the Chinese scientist He Jiankui ignited a media firestorm with the birth announcement of “healthy” twin...

Sixty-two scientists, bioethicists, and biotechnology executives, including 10 members of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT), have...

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When you submit your DNA to a personal genomics company like Ancestry or 23andme, you’re not just uncovering secrets about...

Policies

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SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Despite prior court rulings that police can collect DNA samples from people arrested but not convicted...

DNA Testing, Medical Applications and Databases

The concept of merging DNA ancestry testing with forensic analysis is very disturbing. But...

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Analyzing and indefinitely keeping the DNA profiles of thousands of Californians arrested for felonies, but never charged with a crime,...

Three human embryos under microscope on a blue background

Mumbai—A Malaysian national has been detained at the Mumbai International Airport after it was discovered that he was carrying live...

Society

Large sign titled "eugenics board" that acknowledges forced sterilizations

At the turn of the 20th century, U.S. scientists proposed the control of reproduction to advance society based on the...

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In the last few years, ASRM has aggressively courted RESOLVE, once a purely grassroots group of women helping women get...

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Like millions of women, Diana Diller was a devoted user of the pregnancy-tracking app Ovia, logging in every night to...

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

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, ...

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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...

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