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Congress renews ban on editing human embryos, despite calls from scientists touting research benefits

A House committee on Tuesday [June 4] restored to pending legislation a ban on altering the genomes of human embryos ...
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DNA for the greater good: Should the police have access to consumer DNA databases?

There is an urgent need for international guidelines and policies ...
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$2.1 million gene therapy is most expensive drug in history

The federal Food and Drug Administration has approved a gene therapy for a rare childhood disorder that is now the ...
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FDA cracking down on unregulated dietary supplements, which it contends are almost all ineffective

The FDA recently announced that it plans to increase its oversight of the multi-billion dollar supplement industry. This would include ...
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Inside US quest to develop a ‘2020 vision for genomics’

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is nearing the halfway point of a major strategic planning process, one that ...
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Washington Post editorial: We have an ‘urgent need’ for international rules on gene-edited babies

WHEN CHINESE scientist He Jiankui announced last November his experiments making heritable genetic changes in human embryos followed by live ...
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Why genetic testing poses new legal perils for doctors

While DNA testing upends the practice of medicine, U.S. laws aren’t keeping pace. That’s one message from a nearly finished ...
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Is childhood trauma linked to depression? Why this paper may have overestimated the impact

A paper in PNAS got some attention on Twitter recently. It’s called Childhood trauma history is linked to abnormal brain connectivity ...
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Reproducibility crisis: Is scientific research ‘fundamentally flawed’?

A new report released [May 2019] by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is weighing in on a contentious debate ...
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Viewpoint: What defines a female athlete? Law professor, former runner’s case for why Caster Semenya’s testosterone levels critical in determining if she should compete with women

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that intersex athletes must reduce their testosterone to within accepted female levels ...
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Caster Semenya testosterone ruling to be appealed by South African government

South Africa’s track federation will appeal against the recent Caster Semenya ruling, the country’s sports ministry has confirmed. The government ...
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Geopolitics of gene editing

For a handful of countries, gene editing is key to their future power ...
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Doctors face ‘wrenching questions’ about genetic testing and legal risks. Do we need new laws?

As DNA testing gallops ahead, doctors face wrenching questions about legal risks, protecting patients’ privacy, and the quality of the ...
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Dark days: Examining Europe’s history of eugenics, including forced sterilizations in Sweden

In Sweden the self-examination has already begun. A government minister has admitted that “what went on is barbaric and a ...
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Worried about low T? Treatments may be a costly placebo—and could even hurt you

Testosterone therapy does little to counter the effects of aging. But it does have the potential to be harmful for ...
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Will ‘common sense” keep us from making human clones?

Prominent scientists involved in cloning say they’ve never had any intention of replicating a person — and are as wary ...
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Undervaccinated US population adds tinder for blaze of measles outbreaks

U.S. health officials are putting all they have into extinguishing measles outbreaks, many of them raging in cities throughout the ...
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‘Gene doping’ could be the future of athletics. But is that a bad thing?

[A] technique could theoretically be used to add muscle bulk to athletes, a concept called gene doping. Doctors could, theoretically, inject cells ...
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Sex robots create a lot of questions, including this one: Does it count as cheating on your human partner?

In “Turned On,” a computer scientist and sex researcher explores the surprisingly serious business of sexual companion robots (no snickering, ...
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Japanese researchers gain approval for ‘basic research’ on gene-edited human embryos

A government research panel specializing in life ethics approved the modification of genes from fertilized human eggs for basic research ...
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Weak links? How partial DNA matches can muddle criminal investigations

Using DNA collected from a crime scene, police can identify relatives of unidentified suspects through partial, or familial, matches. Legal ...
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‘Countries have been invaded for far less’: Why the genetic arms race could start a war

Imagine you are the leader of a society that has chosen to opt out of the genetic arms race by ...
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Viewpoint: Caster Semenya ruling demonstrates our ‘myopic’ view of athletes and gender

In the intricate and emotional case of Caster Semenya, there is no such thing as fair. Her situation vexes traditional ...
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‘The broken promise of anonymity’? Bioethicist’s call to guard identity of sperm and egg donors is misguided

Dr. Pennings’ opinion fails to capture the complexity of donation ...
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From prosthetic limbs to lab-grown meat, technology can drastically improve animal welfare

While it's easy to think about all the ways technology has benefited humans, major technological advances have improved the lives ...
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Can genetics help explain why some people make more money than others?

The UK Biobank is the single largest public genetic repository in the world... . But when David Hill, a statistical ...
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Making the case for lifting the US ban on 3-parent babies

A Greek woman with a history of multiple in vitro fertilization failures gave birth to a healthy baby with DNA ...
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Revived pig brains may unleash uncomfortable questions for how we define death

The researchers hypothesized an “under-appreciated capacity” of an oxygen-starved mammalian brain to survive ...