August 16, 2017

China’s Embrace of Embryo Selection Raises Thorny Questions

(Nature) – Early experiments are beginning to show how genome-editing technologies such as CRISPR might one day fix disease-causing mutations before embryos are implanted. But refining the techniques and getting regulatory approval will take years. PGD has already helped thousands … Read More

August 15, 2017

“What Kind of Society Do You Want to Live in?”: Inside the Country Where Down Syndrome Is Disappearing

(CBS News) – With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as … Read More

August 7, 2017

11 Organizations Urge Caution, Not Ban, on CRISPR Germline Genome Editing

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – One day after publication of a landmark study detailing the first-in-the-U.S. use of CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) to repair a germline mutation in human embryos created through in vitro fertilization, 11 … Read More

August 3, 2017

CRISPR Star Jennifer Doudna Calls for Public Debate on Embryo Editing

(San Diego Union-Tribune) – Doudna said she wasn’t cognizant of the ethical issues when she and collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier began exploring CRISPR. Beyond the call for society to grapple with the ramifications of germline editing, Doudna said, it’s difficult to … Read More

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