Gene editing could correct genetic mutations for serious illnesses. Will it also create a new eugenics of personal choice?

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The genetics startup GenePeeks has just partnered with a fertility clinic to screen egg donors for their likelihood of passing on nearly 450 genetic changes linked to disease. As this technology advances, some critics worry about an emerging market for designer babies

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The BabySeq project in Boston has begun collecting data to quantify the risks and benefits of DNA sequencing at birth

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A US company is the first to face penalties under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), a law that protects the privacy of genetic information. On 22 June, a federal court jury in Georgia awarded US$2.25 million to two men whose employer tested their DNA, seeking to identify who had repeatedly left feces in one of its warehouses

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This week, the Congressional Research and Technology Subcommittee held its first hearing on the science and ethics of genetically modifying human DNA. The main topic up for discussion was CRISPR, the world’s most promising and widely applicable gene-editing technique

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We’ll probably never bring back Tyrannosaurus rex. But for species we’ve driven extinct in recent history, from the passenger pigeon to the Chinese river dolphin to the gastric brooding frog and even the woolly mammoth, we may yet be able to reverse time, thanks to incredible advances in genomics and synthetic biology

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The big question is why is MERS suddenly spreading like a cold — or worse? “What we now see in South Korea is kind of interesting and kind of worrying,” says Vincent Munster

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The federal government introduced a standard way to ensure the accuracy of DNA tests used to tailor treatments for individual patients

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