CRG's Comments to FDA re Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

by Administrator 21. November 2015 00:56
Federal docket number: FDA-2015-N-3403   COUNCIL FOR RESPONSIBLE GENETICS’ RESPONSES TO REQUEST FOR INFORMATION PUBLISHED AT 80 FED. REG. 60,414 – 60,416 (Oct. 6, 2015): “Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Reg... [More]

A Note on Genome Editing

by jeeg 27. May 2015 23:46
Last week, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and its National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced that they will convene an international meeting this fall at which researchers, ethicists, and other experts will discuss the implications of human germline gene-editing technologies in both r... [More]

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]

Read this before you freak out over gene-edited superbabies

by jeeg 5. May 2015 23:06
  Sit down America, and let’s talk about making babies. Specifically, designer babies. Because ever since in vitro fertilization made it possible for parents to select embryos with the best genetics, precisely-engineered progeny have been a big fear. And now that a powerful g... [More]

NIH reiterates ban on editing human embryo DNA

by jeeg 30. April 2015 21:08
  The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reaffirmed its ban on research that involves gene-editing of human embryos. In a statement released on 29 April, NIH director Francis Collins spelled out the agency’s long-standing policy against funding such research and the ethical and... [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]

Human genetic engineering demands more than a moratorium

by jeeg 15. April 2015 22:41
  On April 3 2015, a group of prominent biologists and ethicists writing in Science called for a moratorium on germline gene engineering; modifications to the human genome that will be passed on to future generations. The moratorium would apply to a technology called CRISPR/Cas9, which en... [More]

Woolly mammoth could roam again as extinct DNA merged with elephant

by jeeg 23. March 2015 18:26
  A major step forward in bringing back the woolly mammoth has been taken by scientists at Harvard University who have inserted DNA from the extinct mammal into the genetic code of an elephant. Geneticists have studied DNA from mammoths which were preserved in Arctic permafrost looki... [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]
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