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1-29-2019 unnamed file

Why the quest to create ‘super babies’ is a ‘fool’s errand’

Gene-edited babies should probably always be prohibited, not because of fears of creating inequalities and advantaged “super babies,” but because ...
2-4-2019 brain

Controversial brain preservation company Nectome seeks second, more ethical, chance

Robert McIntyre would like to get a few things straight. That “waiting list” of people plunking down $10,000 to have ...
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Questions arise over US scientist’s role in CRISPR baby controversy

An American scientist at Rice University was far more involved in the widely condemned “CRISPR babies” experiment than has previously ...
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A breakthrough cure for cancer? Beware the hype

There is a good rule of thumb – whenever a headline asks a question, especially a provocative question, the answer ...
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First clinical trials for controversial ‘3-parent’ fertility treatment begin

[A] 32-year-old Greek woman, who’d previously undergone two operations for endometriosis and four unsuccessful cycles of IVF, once again returned ...
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‘CRISPR babies’ prompt review of international gene-editing guidelines: They ‘were not clear enough’

Less than two years after producing an exhaustive report on human genome editing, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the National ...
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Push to use gene editing to fight invasive predators rejected in New Zealand

A lobby group is calling for an end to a ban on investigating whether genetic technologies could be used to kill predators ...
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China’s latest ‘ethical mess’: Cloning diseased gene-edited monkeys

Chinese researchers have cloned five gene-edited monkeys with a host of genetic disease symptoms, according to two scientific papers published ...
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Japan approves stem-cell therapy for spinal cord injuries—but does it even work?

Japan has approved a stem-cell treatment for spinal-cord injuries. The event marks the first such therapy for this kind of ...
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Improving personalized medicine may demand more diversity in clinical trials

Hispanic Americans have higher levels of diabetes and less access to health care services, yet they live on average about ...
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Viewpoint: We’re letting bureaucracy get in the way of diagnostic innovation

Should we be making it easier for companies to bring new tests to market, rather than having a process that ...
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Viewpoint: Human germline editing offers ‘bright future’ if done carefully

We are at the point where our technology will soon surpass our humanity. It used to be that what we ...
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DNA test spurs arrest of nurse accused of impregnating vegetative patient

A 36-year-old nurse has been arrested on suspicion of impregnating a woman in a vegetative state who unexpectedly gave birth ...
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Why a proposed DNA data protection plan is a great idea that may be too late to help

Legal experts, biologists and policy analysists are calling for DNA data regulation, but the cat is already out of the ...
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Why it was no surprise that controversial CRISPR babies happened in China

The headline-making births last November of the world’s first gene-edited babies (twin girls) was unsurprising in one way: The scientist ...
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Chinese scientist behind CRISPR babies committed crimes, will be punished, China says

The scientist responsible for creating the world’s first genetically modified babies violated government bans and committed fraud, according to Chinese ...
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Getting out of the gene-editing mess created by Chinese scientist He Jiankui

There have always been rogues willing to carve their own paths no matter what the cost to others. But how ...
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International treaty could threaten genetics research on ebola, other infectious diseases

There is something that is weighing heavily on the minds of some infectious diseases scientists these days. ... It’s an ...
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How much can we blame our genes for addictive behavior?

Of all the people who try alcohol or illegal drugs, only 10 to 20 percent get addicted. No single gene ...
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‘Men are struggling’: Psychologists get new guidelines for ‘traditional masculinity’

[T]he American Psychological Association, the country’s largest professional organization of psychologists, did something for men that it’s done for many ...
1-15-2019 baby girl

‘Family duty’ could explain why so many Chinese couples signed up for controversial ‘CRISPR baby’ experiment

Young adults in China feel a powerful cultural obligation to marry and have kids, but that life plan suddenly looks ...
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Controversial Chinese gene-editing scientist downplays reports suggesting he could face death penalty

The Chinese scientist who shocked the world in November by announcing that twin girls had been born from embryos that he had created ...
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After dodging a ban, what’s in store for gene drives in 2019?

With gene drive techniques, we could—perhaps rapidly and inexpensively—wipe out malaria’s hosts for good, and consign it to the list ...
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Fears of gene editing in the US could be stoked by Russian disinformation attacks

[There’s a] risk to gene drive research that has flown under the radar. This threat combines legitimate concerns about the ...
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Could controversial gene-editing scientist He Jiankui face the death penalty in China?

The Chinese scientist who created the world’s first genetically edited babies is living under armed guard and could face the ...
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Unapproved stem cell treatments draw FDA investigation following bacterial infections

This year [2018], 12 people have been hospitalized with bacterial infections after being treated with stem cell products derived from ...
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Paper by controversial Australian journalist retracted over ‘image manipulation’

The Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) has retracted a 2003 paper that resulted from the PhD thesis of Maryanne Demasi, an ...