For over four years, scientists have been arguing over whether or not to do experiments that could make more dangerous forms of certain viruses — influenza, SARS, or MERS — that could potentially start a pandemic in people if those creations got out of the lab

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Engineering the Better Baby

December 11, 2015

Art Caplan writes, “There should no longer be any doubt about whether humans will one day be genetically modified. A new tool – called CRISPR – is already being used to edit the genomes of insects and animals”

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Forget About Designer Babies

December 7, 2015

Gene editing won’t work on complex traits like intelligence

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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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In August, the researchers began introducing the altered moths into outdoor cages in a field, where their mating habits will be monitored. If the results are promising, the transgenic moths will be released into a small cabbage patch next summer. It would be the first experimental release on American soil of insects genetically engineered to self-destruct

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Linus Upson, a Google executive who helped build the Chrome browser, says he wants to start a project that would genetically engineer mosquito’s to help eradicate diseases like malaria and dengue fever, according to The Information’s Amir Efrati

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