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Genetic Modification of Humans Now Inevitable?

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Discussion of concerns over heritable human genetic modification has spiked in 2015. This dialogue is a good thing, but is it in a sense too late? Are genetically modified (GM) people a foregone conclusion? Rumors are swirling that upwards of four papers reporting production of GM human embryos are in various stages of review at high-profile …

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Lisa Ikemoto on Human Germline Genetic Modification

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This guest piece on Human Germline Genetic Modification is by Lisa C. Ikemoto, Professor, U.C. Davis School of Law. I have been following the reports about genetic editing technology with concern. The fact that some scientists are calling for moratoria on gene editing of human embryos heartens me. Frankly, I had little confidence that any …

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Practical Plan for Managing Human Germline CRISPR

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CRISPR Cas9 gene editing technology is a game changer on many levels both inside and soon outside the lab. There is a growing sense of urgency amongst biomedical scientists to take a proactive approach to current and future use of CRISPR gene editing technology in human germ cells and embryos. These concerns have been heightened …

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David Baltimore, et al. path for human germline engineering

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In a new perspectives piece in Science, Nobel Laureate David Baltimore and co-authors including Jennifer Doudna and George Church, chart a potential path forward for human germline engineering. See also accompanying Bioethics piece by Gretchen Vogel as well, “Embryo engineering alarm”. In the piece, entitled “A prudent path forward for genomic engineering and germline gene …

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Intensifying dialogue on human germline gene editing

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The field recently saw Lanphier, et al. in Nature calling for a moratorium on human germilne CRISPR genetic modification. A number of additional stakeholders are expected to be weighing in soon on the issue of human germline gene editing. For example, a Science paper from others in the gene editing community is anticipated soon and may well have somewhat different perspectives. I’ve been …

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Weekend Reads from a Wild, Fun Week of Science

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You might enjoy the recommended reads below and find they surprise and educate you. Products in the pipeline – Ocata’s RPE by Alexey, a nice update on Ocata. Yes, we are seeing more attacks on academic freedom: guest post by historian of science and medicine.  Guest piece by Alice Dreger on her new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger. …

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George Church on Germline Human Genetic Modification

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I recently interviewed leading genomics scientist George Church on the ways that trends in genomics are changing our world and the possibility of heritable human genetic modification. His answers suggest that genomics and gene editing are poised to radically change our world and to literally change us. Here’s the George Church interview you’ve all been waiting …

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