February 3, 2016

U.S. Panel Green-Lights Creation of Male 3-Person Embryos

(Scientific American) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should approve clinical trials to transfer DNA from healthy human eggs to diseased embryos, the US National Academy of Medicine said today. The controversial gene-therapy technique involves replacing an embryo’s energy-producing … Read More

February 1, 2016

UK Scientists Gain Licence to Edit Genes in Human Embryos

(Nature) – Scientists in London have been granted permission to edit the genomes of human embryos for research, UK fertility regulators announced. The 1 February approval by the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) represents the world’s first endorsement of such … Read More

February 1, 2016

From Rubella to Zika: Pregnancy, Disability, Abortion and the Spectre of an Epidemic

(The Guardian) – As historian Ilana Löwy has recently written, a crucial factor unites those Rubella experiences with the experiences of women in contemporary Brazil faced with Zika – access to abortion. Through the 1950s and most of the ’60s, abortion … Read More

January 27, 2016

A New Edition of Scientific American Is Now Available

Scientific American (vol. 314, no. 2, 2016) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Beware Prenatal Gene Screens” “Even Genius Needs a Benefactor” by Nathan Myhrvold “Talk Therapy” by Anne Pycha “For Sale: Your Medical Records” by Adam Tanner “Bitter … Read More

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