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In comparison to many other nations, the U.S. has few federal laws specifically addressing human genetic technologies. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), which prohibits the use of individuals’ genetic information in employment and health insurance, is an exception. Similarly, while many countries have established legislation about aspects of assisted reproduction, the only federal U.S. law is the 1992 Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act, which requires fertility clinics to report standardized success rate data to the Centers for Disease Control. Unlike dozens of other countries with advanced biotech sectors, the U.S. has no federal laws regulating human reproductive cloning or inheritable genetic modification. However, the FDA has asserted authority over practices including human reproductive cloning, “three-person IVF,” and inheritable genetic modification; the National Institutes of Health makes decisions about research funding; and Congress has exerted some control over research involving human embryos through budget riders.

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Forensic science is an embattled field. As DNA testing has overturned hundreds of convictions based on flawed forensic evidence, scientists and lawyers are increasingly skeptical that culprits can be accurately identified by matching fingerprints, hair samples, bite marks, bullets, and tread marks...

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John Zhang has finally been called to account. Last Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent Zhang a warning letter demanding he cease and desist both the conduct and the marketing of an experimental genetic modification technique known as 3-person in vitro...

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John Zhang, a New York fertility doctor, wanted to push the boundaries of science and fertility by giving women at...


On Friday, FDA sent him a letter notifying him of his violations

The doctor who created a genetically modified “three-parent...

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