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CRISPR gene-editing tool causes unintended genetic mutations

It's not hyperbolic to say that the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique has been a revolutionary breakthrough, allowing scientists the ability to …

This Is What The Ideal Genetically Modified Baby Looks Like In Europe And America

Genetically modified babies may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but recent innovations in both gene editing and artificial …

Genetic Engineers Are Building A Biological Kill Switch

The fear of genetically-modified creatures escaping from the lab is the basis for a thousand sci-fi stories, but it's also a legitimate concern. …

Genetically engineered athletes could be heading this way soon

A team from China grabbed the headlines last month when it announced it had edited DNA in the nucleus of human embryos. Whatever the ethics of such …

This Scientist Says Your Fears About The Coming Genetic Engineering Revolution Are Overblown

Alarm about super-healthy children seems like "a first world problem."<p>This week, hundreds of scientists from around the world are descending on Washington D.C. for a three-day summit on a new technique that has spurred a major genetic revolution.<p>Thanks to a gene-editing technique called …

You're Only Human, But Your Kids Could Be So Much More

Have you ever wished that there were something different about yourself? Maybe you imagined yourself taller, thinner, or stronger? Smarter? More …

Landmark CRISPR Breakthrough Makes Us Ask: ‘How Realistic Are Designer Babies?’

CRISPR, a remarkably effective biological tool for genetic engineering, recently allowed scientists to remove a malfunctioning gene from a human …

Genetics

What Happens If Parents Can Design Children?

There's a lot of innovation going on in China these days, but perhaps not all of it is good. Chinese fertility centers are going well beyond American …

Psychology

Genetic engineering could allow us to treat or even prevent obesity

Good and Bad Fat<p>Our bodies are home to two types of fat, one “good” and the other “bad.” The “good,” brown fat found near our necks and shoulders …