Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing
Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing
After the reported birth of CRISPRed babies in China, experts want to take time to consider the scientific, social, ethical, and philosophical consequences of editing heritable human DNA.
Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing
Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing

After the reported birth of CRISPRed babies in China, experts want to take time to consider the scientific, social, ethical, and philosophical consequences of editing heritable human DNA.

After the reported birth of CRISPRed babies in China, experts want to take time to consider the scientific, social, ethical, and philosophical consequences of editing heritable human DNA.

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Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing
Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing
Ashley Yeager | Mar 13, 2019
After the reported birth of CRISPRed babies in China, experts want to take time to consider the scientific, social, ethical, and philosophical consequences of editing heritable human DNA.
Gene-Edited Soybean Oil Makes Restaurant Debut
Gene-Edited Soybean Oil Makes Restaurant Debut
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 13, 2019
A Minnesota-based company reports the sale of a soybean oil engineered to have greater stability and no trans-fat.
Image of the Day: An Infectious Glow
Image of the Day: An Infectious Glow
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 7, 2019
In CRISPRed fruit flies that lack certain antimicrobial peptides, bacterial infections flourish, as revealed by fluorescent markers.
China Proposes New Gene-Editing Regulations
China Proposes New Gene-Editing Regulations
Jef Akst | Feb 27, 2019
After the controversy of a Chinese scientist who was involved in editing the genomes of twin girls, the country puts forth tighter guidelines.
Preliminary Results Point to Success of In Vivo Gene Editing
Preliminary Results Point to Success of In Vivo Gene Editing
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 12, 2019
Two studies show signs that the introduced DNA is functioning, but it’s too early to know if patients actually benefit.
UC Berkeley Team to Be Awarded CRISPR Patent
UC Berkeley Team to Be Awarded CRISPR Patent
Kerry Grens | Feb 11, 2019
The group had argued that a patent given to the Broad Institute overlapped with this one.
Better Base Editing in Plants
Better Base Editing in Plants
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2019
Adenine editing enzymes have been adapted for use in plants.
The US Scientists Who Knew About CRISPRed Babies
The US Scientists Who Knew About CRISPRed Babies
Shawna Williams | Jan 29, 2019
Multiple researchers were aware of He Jiankui’s clinical trial before the news became public in November.
Scientist Forged Ethical Reviews for CRISPRed Babies
Scientist Forged Ethical Reviews for CRISPRed Babies
Kerry Grens | Jan 21, 2019
He Jiankui could face charges after an investigation finds he used techniques prohibited in China to edit the genes of twin girls.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2019
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.