Our own bodies. We’ve sent people to space for decades — but we’re only beginning to learn what that means for their health

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The international committee of 18 researchers and bioethicists, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, over the past 2 days, also agreed with the widespread consensus that it would be “irresponsible at this time for anyone to proceed with clinical applications of human germline genome editing.”

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The 18-member committee “will examine the scientific, ethical, social and legal challenges associated with human genome editing,” according to the WHO announcement

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Sunset on the RAC

October 19, 2018

When is it time to end special oversight of an emerging biotechnology? By our Jeffrey Kahn and Anna Mastroianni

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On Tuesday, November 14, our Jeffrey Kahn will join fellow National Academies Expert Committee member, Matthew Porteus and Editas Medicine CEO, Katrine Bosley in testifying at a hearing of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions about gene editing technology

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With the conclusion of the International Summit on Human Gene Editing, the second component of the Initiative began: a study of the scientific underpinnings of human gene-editing technologies, their potential use in biomedical research and medicine — including human germline editing — and the clinical, ethical, legal, and social implications of their use. Read the results of this study now. Committee includes our Jeffrey Kahn

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Jeffrey Kahn, a Johns Hopkins bioethicist who chaired the Institute of Medicine’s chimpanzee review, floated the possibility of a similar review for other primate research. Responding to a comment about the necessity of that research, Kahn noted that similar claims had been made about chimp experiments

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The National Academy of Sciences — probably the country’s most prestigious scientific group — has reaffirmed its judgment that GMOs are safe to eat. But the group’s new report struck a different tone from previous ones, with much more space devoted to concerns about genetically modified foods, including social and economic ones

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