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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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We Should Tolerate and Regulate Clinical Use of Human Germline Editing

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Parker Crutchfield, PhD In November of 2018, a Chinese scientist announced that he had edited the embryos of twin girls and that the twins had been born. The scientist, … Continue reading

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What are the ethical implications of gene-editing human embryos?

No Easy Answers in Bioethics Episode 13 What are the ethical implications of gene-editing human embryos? Do we risk stifling scientific advancement by banning such medical research? Guests Dr. Leonard Fleck, Acting Director and Professor in the Center for Ethics … Continue reading

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Bioethics for Breakfast: Biobanking Tissue: Trash or Treasure?

Jennifer Carter-Johnson, PhD, JD, and Tom Tomlinson, PhD, presented at the Bioethics for Breakfast event on December 6, 2018, offering their perspectives and insight on the topic “Biobanking Tissue: Trash or Treasure?” “Big data”—repositories of biological, medical and demographic information about … Continue reading

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The Joshua Hardy Case: Lessons Yet to Learn

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. For more information, click here. By Hannah Giunta Earlier this month, major news outlets reported the story of 7-year-old Josh Hardy, a current end-stage cancer patient at St. Jude Children’s … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Men

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. For more information, click here. By Hilde Lindemann, PhD According to a paper just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, using mouse models to … Continue reading

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