Drug companies are exploiting rare mutations that make one person nearly immune to pain, another to broken bones

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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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The use of genome-modification tools in wild species must be properly governed to avoid irreversible damage to ecosystems, says Jeantine Lunshof

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In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumours that such experiments had been conducted—rumours that sparked a high-profile debate last month about the ethical implications of such work

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Many people have strong opinions about genetically modified plants, also known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs. But sometimes there’s confusion around what it means to be a GMO. It also may be much more sensible to judge a plant by its specific traits rather than the way it was produced – GMO or not

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Reproduction 3.0

February 26, 2015

With a vote on Tuesday, the UK became the first nation to allow a mitochondrial donation technique to be licensed for use. Our faculty join the discussion on the ethics of creating a child with DNA from 3 “parents.”

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