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Germline Modification

Bringing up Designer Babies

Ana Harris | Posted 05.14.2015 | Science
Ana Harris

The technology to alter traits of individuals exists. CRISPR is a gene editing technology that scientists can use to replace defective parts of the DNA sequence with healthy ones. Tampering with DNA can erase the faulty genes causing debilitating diseases.

Mitochondrial Mission Creep and the Cloning Connection

Pete Shanks | Posted 04.20.2015 | Science
Pete Shanks

On Tuesday February 3, the UK House of Commons voted in favor of legalizing nuclear transfer so that a small number of women with a particular subset of mitochondrial disease could try to have unaffected and genetically related children.

CRISPR Opportunities ... For What? And for Whom?

Pete Shanks | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Pete Shanks

Money and deals are flowing into companies that promise to edit genes. Human, animal, plant, all kinds of DNA may be on the cutting board. And once the replacements are pasted in, the results could dramatically change our lives -- for better or for worse.

FDA Asked to Approve Creation of Genetically Modified Children

Stuart A. Newman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Science
Stuart A. Newman

Neither the FDA, with its charge of protecting safety, nor prospective clients, with their desire for an effective outcome, should be heartened by the outcomes of experimental evaluation of MST.