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Dr. Fleck presents on public funding for whole genome sequencing at International Bioethics Retreat

Dr. Leonard Fleck, professor in the Center for Ethics, participated in a keynote debate this month as part of the 24th annual International Bioethics Retreat that was presented virtually from Paris. Within the debate format, Dr. Fleck addressed the question: “Whole Genome Sequencing: Should It Be Publicly Funded?” Continue reading

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CRISPR Dangers Highlight the Need for Continued Research on Human Gene Editing

The excitement and potential of CRISPR to treat severe genetic conditions by editing disease-causing DNA has taken an unexpected hit. A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted the unexpected results from a CRIPSR study in which attempts to edit a human gene responsible for blindness resulted in the loss of the entire chromosome from the cells in the embryos. These results echo another study conducted in human cell lines published earlier in 2019. Continue reading

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Biohacking: How a DIY Approach to Biology Can Shape Our Future

In 2017, Josiah Zayner live-streamed himself injecting a gene therapy construct designed to edit the DNA in his muscle cells to give him bigger muscles. This moment was noteworthy because the gene therapy construct had been created entirely by Zayner in his garage laboratory. Such work is called biohacking or DIY biology. Continue reading

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Worried about your privacy? Your genome isn’t the biggest threat.

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Tom Tomlinson, PhD It was good news to learn last month that the “Golden State Killer” had at last been identified and apprehended. A very evil man gets … Continue reading

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Gene Editing: God’s Will or God’s Won’t

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Leonard M. Fleck, PhD Give God a rest; do your own gene editing (and thinking). On August 2, 2017 the New York Times headline read, “In Breakthrough, Scientists … Continue reading

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Designing Children: Patents and the Market are not Sufficient Regulation

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. For more information, click here. By Jennifer Carter-Johnson, PhD, JD In an October report entitled “Breeding Out Disease,” 60 MINUTES correspondent Nora O’Donnell reported on the use of pre-implantation genetic … Continue reading

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Mighty mitochondria: a tiny organelle that can, and should, save lives

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. For more information, click here. By Monica List, DVM, MA A June 3rd headline from The Guardian reads: “Genetic treatment using three-parent embryos may be ready in two years.” This … Continue reading

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Welcome to FDA Enforcement

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. For more information, click here. By Kayte Spector-Bagdady, J.D., M.Bioethics  “This is me, my DNA. It helps make me who I am…I might have an increased risk of heart … Continue reading

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