Chemist Floyd Romesberg, who has created his own unnatural base pairs, biologist Jef Boeke, who is working to create a synthetic yeast genome, and bioethicist Debra Mathews talk about how altered genomes could be used for creating novel medicines and fuels—and whether this is considered a new form of life

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In the future, we may be making eggs and sperm from our skin. A lot has to happen first. With comments from our Travis Rieder

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Eric Kmiec interviews our Debra Mathews about ethical issues related to CRISPR gene editing technology

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Making use of synbio requires a society-wide conversation about benefits and risks, argues our Debra Mathews.

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Advocates are tracking new developments in neonatal research and technology—and transforming one of America’s most contentious debates. With comments from our Debra Mathews

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Revising the Genome

December 4, 2017

CRISPR lets scientists edit our genetic source code. This is going to be interesting. With comments from our Debra Mathews

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Enroll Now! New MOOC developed and taught by our Debra Mathews

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The Obama administration has dropped a controversial proposal that would have required all federally funded scientists to get permission from patients before using their cells, blood, tissue or DNA for research. says Debra Mathews, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins, expressed concern “We know that trust is a critical factor in folks participating in research, and we’ve seen in recent years the impact of when that trust is breached…”

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