New Moratorium on Gene-Edited Babies: Red Light or Green Light?

New Moratorium on Gene-Edited Babies: Red Light or Green Light?

Published on March 13, 2019 in the journal Nature, renowned scientists have called for a “global moratorium” on human germline editing for clinical purposes, that of changing heritable DNA in sperm, eggs or embryos to make genetically-modified babies. Among the...
China’s CRISPR Twins Medical Scandal: New Revelations

China’s CRISPR Twins Medical Scandal: New Revelations

New revelations have been reported in the case of the Chinese scientist who first used the CRISPR-Cas9 technique to genetically modify twin babies’ genes before birth. The birth announcement of twin girls in China last November sparked international condemnation for...
CRISPR-Cas9: How far will ethical transgressions go?

CRISPR-Cas9: How far will ethical transgressions go?

A team in China has just published the results of their research using the CRISPR-Cas9 technique in viable human embryos. The experiments were carried out during the zygote stage of embryonic development, meaning the phase with the first cell following...
CRISPR-Cas9: Clinical Trial to Combat Sickle Cell Disease?

CRISPR-Cas9: Clinical Trial to Combat Sickle Cell Disease?

The gene responsible for sickle cell could be « repaired » by using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool. This was announced in a study published in the magazine Nature by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. Sickle cell is a widespread genetic disease...