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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David Ishee’s plan was simple, if not exactly free of complication. From the shed that functions as his laboratory in rural Mississippi, he hoped to use genetic engineering to rid dogs of the types of terrible disorders caused by decades of high-end breeding. Ishee is a biohacker, one among a growing number of do-it-yourself scientists that the federal government is having an increasingly difficult time figuring out what to do with

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Should scientists pursue research that would enable prospective parents to edit the genes of their future children in ways that could be passed onto subsequent generations?

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Study first to show gene-editing tool Crispr can replace faulty genes within adult cells – and in future could be applied to range of devastating genetic diseases

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper added gene editing to a list of threats that includes North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs and chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria. “Research in genome editing conducted by countries with different regulatory or ethical standards than those of Western countries probably increases the risk of the creation of potentially harmful biological agents or products,”

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Kathy Niakan’s application to use a new gene-editing technique on embryos is controversial because we lack a clear moral framework for such science

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It is “essential” that the genetic modification of human embryos is allowed, says a group of scientists, ethicists and policy experts. A Hinxton Group report says editing the genetic code of early stage embryos is of “tremendous value” to research

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Claims influential Hinxton Group in a consensus statement issued following a meeting organized by an international steering committee of experts including a group from the Berman Institute

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