February 26, 2019

The CRISPR-Baby Scandal: What’s Next for Human Gene-Editing

(Nature) – In the three months since He Jiankui announced the birth of twin girls with edited genomes, the questions facing the scientific community have grown knottier. By engineering mutations into human embryos, which were then used to produce babies, … Read More

February 25, 2019

Chinese Government Funding May Have Been Used for ‘CRISPR Babies’ Project, Document Suggests

(STAT News) – Three government institutions in China, including the nation’s science ministry, may have funded the “CRISPR babies” study that led to the birth last November of two genetically modified twin girls, according to documents reviewed by STAT. These … Read More

February 25, 2019

He Jiankui’s Germline Editing Ethics Article Retracted by the CRISPR Journal

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – Twelve weeks after publishing a perspective on the ethics of gene editing by He Jiankui, PhD, the scientist reportedly responsible for the first gene-edited humans, the editors of The CRISPR Journal have decided to retract … Read More

February 21, 2019

China’s CRISPR Twins Might Have Had Their Brains Inadvertently Enhanced

(MIT Technology Review) – Now, new research shows that the same alteration introduced into the girls’ DNA, to a gene called CCR5, not only makes mice smarter but also improves human brain recovery after stroke, and could be linked to … Read More

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