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Viewpoint: ‘Now is the time’ for global laws on human gene editing

[T]he bedrock concept underpinning existing international agreements on bioethics and gene editing establishes that we don't have the right to use technologies ...
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Why we don’t have to worry about ‘designer babies’: Altering intelligence is too hard

One of the main worries that the public has about CRISPR is that it could be used to create “designer babies” with increased levels ...
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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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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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Diagnostics, drug discovery, disease: How CRISPR is solving medicine’s biggest problems

This is the public face of genome editing or, as it is sometimes called, gene editing: a technology capable of ...
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‘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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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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7 ways biotechnology could change our lives in 2019

[Editor's note: Key researchers and scientists were asked for their thoughts on 2019.]  Gene editing, food innovation, and synthetic biology ...
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CRISPR ‘super-soldiers?’ Why we need international gene-editing rules

Within this century, human beings will be capable of changing their genes to modify traits like intelligence, or even instincts ...
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Chinese scientists aren’t keeping tabs on experimental gene therapy patients, report says

Gene therapies are very much at their preliminary stages of development, so it would make sense to keep tabs on ...
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How AIDS transformed genetic engineering

For two decades, [Matt] Sharp had been living with HIV. He’d watched the height of the aids crisis claim dozens of his ...
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‘Human gene-editing scandal’: Should rogue scientist’s work be published?

How do you handle the data of a scientist who violates all the norms of his field? … On the one hand, you ...
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Why can’t we stop rogue scientists from engaging in dubious research?

[C]an the public control science that leaves us with permanent and unenviable consequences? Recent news suggests that the answer is ...
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CRISPR represents potential for huge change. But will the public trust it?

The charged language around the recent gene-editing controversy is driving an inaccurate assessment of risks ...
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Will we see illegal CRISPR IVF clinics in the US? Experts weigh in

The possibility of “CRISPR babies” became real [November 25], when a Chinese scientist stunned the world by announcing he’d used the gene-editing ...
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‘Less expected’: China condemns research yielding gene-edited babies

On Nov. 26, U.S.-trained, Shenzhen-based He Jiankui announced that he’d altered the genes of a human embryo to create the ...
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CRISPR treatment for rare genetic eye disorder gains FDA study approval

Days after a Chinese researcher incensed the world of science with claims of editing the genomes of twin girls, an American ...
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Genome surgeons target genetic disease at the source

[Delaney Van Riper] was born with a rare genetic disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, or CMT, which is slowly eroding her nerve cells’ ...
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Baboons given heart transplants from genetically engineered pigs—humans could be next

In four adjacent enclosures transplantation researcher Bruno Reichart kept four happy baboons. … Most importantly, he says, they were healthy ...
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What the CRISPR babies can teach us about the failings of ethical oversight

This isn't just about process, about ethical boxes left unchecked ...
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Controversial Chinese scientist behind CRISPR babies is missing

The current whereabouts of He Jiankui—the scientist who claims to have engineered the world’s first genetically modified human babies—is unknown ...
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Genetically modified humans? Here’s why they already exist

It felt as if humanity had crossed an important line: In China, a scientist named He Jiankui announced on Monday ...
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‘Wild and frightening possibilities’: How AI and genomics could affect reproduction

[Jamie] Metzl is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the upcoming book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and ...