It barred the FDA from considering any clinical trial application “in which a human embryo is intentionally created or modified to include a heritable genetic modification.” Although a different “rider” bars the NIH from funding human germline editing—or the genetic modification of sperm, eggs, or embryos

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The promise of gene therapy has the potential to drastically limit the impact of human disease by altering the make-up of the body’s cells to fight back against deadly invaders. If used recreationally, though, gene therapy could also expand the physical limits of human strength and endurance. Like high-tech steroids, gene therapies could one day be a new way for athletes to dope

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What do households on food stamps buy at the grocery store? The answer was largely a mystery until now. The United States Department of Agriculture, which oversees the $74 billion food stamp program called SNAP, has published a detailed report that provides a glimpse into the shopping cart of the typical household that receives food stamps

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is poised to lift its funding moratorium on research involving chimeric human/nonhuman embryos, pending further consideration by an NIH steering committee. The kinds of ethical concerns that seem to underlie this research and chimera research more generally can be adequately addressed

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The Fish and Wildlife Service decided in June to classify all chimpanzees, captive or wild, as endangered. In combination with a 2013 decision by the National Institutes of Health to retire most of the several hundred chimpanzees it owned, the change came close to a ban on any medical research on the animals

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The 1970s Controversy Over Mixing DNA. In the 1970s, two inhuman creatures—one hairy and tall, another with orange eyes—were spotted in New England. The mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, blamed these monsters not on unreliable testimonies, but recombinant DNA technology, then a new and promising laboratory technique

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From our Thanksgiving archives: Soda exclusion pairs well with public health mission, but risks stigmatizing beneficiaries. Former Greenwall fellow Anne Barnhill offers some food for thought

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A German ban on circumcision focuses attention on the right of parents to make decisions for their children

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