Eugenics lurk in the shadow of CRISPR

by jeeg 22. May 2015 23:28
  IN CALLING THEIR Perspective “A prudent path forward for genomic engineering and germline gene modification” (3 April, p. 36; published online 19 March), D. Baltimore et al. show at once the size of the problem and the modesty of their response to it.  CRISPR-Cas9, inve... [More]

U.S. science leaders to tackle ethics of gene-editing technology

by jeeg 19. May 2015 23:27
  The leading U.S. scientific organization, responding to concerns expressed by scientists and ethicists, has launched an ambitious initiative to recommend guidelines for new genetic technology that has the potential to create "designer babies." The technology, called CRISPR-Cas9, allows sc... [More]

Chinese Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos, Raising Concerns

by jeeg 24. April 2015 21:27
  The experiment with human embryos was dreaded, yet widely anticipated. Scientists somewhere, researchers said, were trying to edit genes with a technique that would permanently alter the DNA of every cell so any changes would be passed on from generation to generation. Those concern... [More]

Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

by jeeg 23. April 2015 20:04
  For the first time, scientists have edited DNA in human embryos, a highly controversial step long considered off limits. Junjiu Huang and his colleagues at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, performed a series of experiments involving 86 human embryos to see if they could m... [More]

Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome

by jeeg 20. March 2015 22:05
  A group of leading biologists on Thursday called for a worldwide moratorium on use of a new genome-editing technique that would alter human DNA in a way that can be inherited. The biologists fear that the new technique is so effective and easy to use that some physicians may push ah... [More]

Harvard scientists want gene-manipulation debate

by jeeg 25. July 2014 10:45
  A powerful new technology could be used to manipulate nature by “editing” the genes of organisms in the wild, enabling researchers to block mosquitoes’ ability to spread malaria, for example, or to make weeds more vulnerable to pesticides, Harvard scientists said Thursday... [More]
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