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]

'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say

by jeeg 19. January 2015 20:07
  Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC. Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice. He said huge advances in the past two ... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine-New Age of Human Genetic Engineering?

by jeeg 24. November 2014 22:36
    New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine:    New Age of Human Genetic Engineering? The Safety and Ethics of Attempts to Prevent Mitochondrial Disease     It may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but human germ-line genetic engineering ha... [More]

Three Biological Parents and a Baby

by jeeg 17. December 2013 19:12
Alana Saarinen sat at the piano, playing smoothly and with feeling. Behind her, plastic toys shared floor space with a book of plays she’d been writing. Her mother beamed. Alana is apparently a normal, well-adjusted 13-year-old. But there is something extraordinary about her — eve... [More]

You Can't Predict Destiny by Designing Your Baby's Genome

by jeeg 11. November 2013 21:41
In the 1997 film "Gattaca," wealthy parents regularly use what's called preimplantation genetic diagnosis to pick children with the most desirable characteristics. Using in vitro fertilization, PGD creates several embryos and then uses the most genetically promising one to attempt a pregnancy.... [More]
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