18 scientists from seven countries have called for “a global moratorium on all clinical uses of human germline editing” — that is, changing DNA in sperm, eggs, or early embryos to make genetically altered children. They say a moratorium should be in place for at least 5 years

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While Matthew Liao is open to genetic engineering in theory, he was rather horrified to see the recent news that twin girls had been born in China after a researcher genetically modified their embryos to resist HIV infection

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New report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics on the social and ethical issues

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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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For the first time in human existence, it became practical to change genes throughout the entire human genome with high precision and accuracy. And today, a decade after the introduction of CRISPR, it’s newly apparent that such manipulations have been made to human embryos — a feat achieved by scientists at the Salk Institute in La Jolla and elsewhere

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Gene Editing

January 19, 2016

Scientists have developed the technology to edit single genes, which could eventually eliminate some inherited diseases. Host Reed Pence discusses the pros and cons of gene editing with our Debra Mathews and Alta Charo

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The powerful CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing tool has come under intense scrutiny over ethical issues related to the fears of designer babies, germline changes, and the use of human embryos within research

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Tom Shakespeare on the importance of a disability-rights perspective in the CRISPR-Cas9 germline gene editing debate

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