The inventor of a genome-editing technique wants a moratorium on its use in research on humans. But Chinese scientists have already tried it, albeit unsuccessfully, on human embryos to cure a blood disorder. Can a discovery be reined in once the basic science has been published? Can researchers control the ethical use or ramifications of their breakthroughs?

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Our central point in this blog is that all of the concerns that have so far been expressed in relation to germline editing are concerns for any new technology. Research ethics processes exist to ensure the protection of human participants in such research. There is already a moratorium on, and discouragement of, unsafe research

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Embryo Engineering Alarm

March 19, 2015

In 1975, the Asilomar conference center hosted a meeting where molecular biologists, physicians, and lawyers crafted guidelines for research that altered the DNA of living organisms. Now, scientists are calling for another Asilomar—this time to discuss the possibility of genetically engineered human beings

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Research that uses powerful gene-editing techniques on human embryos needs to be restricted, scientists agree — but they are split over why

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Where are they now? The stem-cell debate got really heated. But then … it just sort of fizzled out from public view. So whatever happened to stem cells? (w quote from our Alan Regenberg)

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