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Despite claims of preclinical success by a leading surgeon, doctors, scientists, and medical ethicists say the science is not ready.  

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Details of First Three-Parent IVF Revealed

By | April 3, 2017

The team that oversaw the first use of mitochondrial replacement therapy that resulted in a live birth has published an account of the procedure.

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Scientists issue a call to reconsider the rules governing the creation of tissues, organs, and other structures made possible by recent advances in synthetic biology. 

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San People Write Ethical Code for Research

By | March 21, 2017

With lifestyles similar to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the San people of Southern Africa are popular study subjects.

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U.K. Moves Forward With Three-Parent IVF

By | March 20, 2017

The country’s fertility regulator has approved the first application to carry out mitochondrial replacement therapy, which uses biological material from two women and one man to create an embryo.

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The Past and Present of Research Integrity in China

By | March 1, 2017

Several initiatives aim to improve research integrity in the country, but recent high-profile cases of misconduct highlight a lingering problem.

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An international committee says scientists should be allowed to modify human embryos as long as strict oversight criteria are met. 

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Contributors

By | January 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the January 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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Gene Drives and Other Controversies

By | January 1, 2017

Aedes and Anopheles control; three-parent babies; the PhD glut

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Opinion: An Ethical Code for Conferences

By | December 2, 2016

This fundamental form of scientific communication is threatened by modern recording technology and researchers who refuse to adhere to an age-old ethical code. 

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