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Beth Shapiro describes herself as an evolutionary (paleo)biologist, which informs the title and much of the first half of this...

Gloved hand drawing blood from a baby's foot

IN NOVEMBER 2019, Matt Hancock, then the United Kingdom’s health secretary, unveiled a lofty ambition: to sequence the genome of...

David Liu

Photo from Beam Therapeutics

David Liu is best known as one of the pioneers of the experimental science of editing...

Turquoise-colored chromosomes

In another of a long line of studies showing unintended effects of gene editing, the CRISPR-Cas gene editing tool has...

Policies

IVF

IVF clinics selling ineffective “add-on” treatments face fines as part of the biggest shake-up of fertility laws in 30 years...

The Third International Summit on Human Genome Editing will be held in London on March 7–9, 2022. The three-day conference...

The United States does not regulate surrogacy at a federal level, leaving each state to determine its own policies. The...

Society

5 heads of cattle

Robust regulations must be put in place to protect the welfare of farmed animals before genome-editing procedures are approved for...

Cover of the book "The Genetic Lottery" by Kathryn Paige Harden

The last decade has seen genetics and evolution grapple with its history; one composed of figures who laid the foundations...

Embryo in cell plate

A common in vitro fertilization procedure offered to patients with the promise of increasing their likelihood of successful pregnancy actually does...

Baby crawling within a DNA helix

Three years after the ‘CRISPR babies’ burst into the public eye and caused outrage, their fate remains shrouded in secrecy...

Perspectives

Earth in a pair of hands

If I placed before you an atom with one proton and one electron, you would be forced to admit it...

Legs of a woman in a hospital gown sitting in a clinic

There is increasing concern among the medical community that the high doses of hormones involved in fertility treatments – whether...

Sonoma Developmental Center

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Staff Writer Phil Barber’s startling account...

Empty Vermont State House, where the apology was given

Photo of Vermont State House by Don Shall on Flickr

MONTPELIER — Legislative leaders formally apologized on Saturday for Vermont’s...