Other Countries

Countries differ widely in the ways they regulate human biotechnologies, including the practices and products their policies cover, the jurisdiction of authority, and the nature of enforcement. A few, most notably the U.K., have established agencies responsible for licensing and monitoring research and commercial facilities that work with human embryos. In addition, many countries have prohibited the most troubling applications of human biotechnology: inheritable human genetic modification and human reproductive cloning. To date, they are illegal in over 40 countries.

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In recent years, two new genetic technologies have started a scientific and medical revolution. One, relatively well known, is the ability to easily decode the information in our genes. The other, which is only dimly understood by the general public,...

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In late May, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, a UK-based independent body that examines and reports on ethical issues in biology and medicine, began circulating an online survey on the ethical implications of using gene editing for reproduction. But is the survey truly seeking a range of perspectives, or does it try to steer the feedback it receives in a predetermined direction?

I argue that the survey is set up to steer feedback in support of gene editing for...

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Continuing the patent dispute internationally, China has now given the Charpentier/Doudna side a patent to edit genes in the country.


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There’s a well-to-do couple thinking about having children. They order a battery of genetic tests to ensure that there’s nothing...

Microscopic photo of intracytoplasmic sperm injection.


A mail-in kit, containing four long cotton swabs, placed in an envelope, with place holders for each cotton swab.

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