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A scientist-outlaw awaits his sentence

Science | Colleagues reflect on the fate of the Chinese physicist who altered human embryos
by Julie Borg
Posted 1/10/19, 01:57 pm

A British news report this week raised the possibility that China might execute He Jiankui, the scientist who ignited a worldwide controversy in November when he announced he had engineered the world’s first genetically altered babies. But a Stanford University bioethicist who knows He told me the rumors about his harsh punishment aren’t entirely accurate.

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An ethics question for all of us

Science | Americans weigh in on gene-edited babies, but will scientists listen?
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/03/19, 02:46 pm

Americans are comfortable with using gene-editing technology to make babies healthier, but not smarter, a recent poll found. The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research conducted the study in mid-December, weeks after the controversial announcement by a Chinese researcher that he had used CRISPR gene-editing technology—a biological cut-and-paste for DNA—on the embryos of twin baby girls born in November.

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Discoveries and dilemmas

Science | Headlines in science point to the beauty of God’s creation, bring promising medical advances, and pose difficult questions
by Julie Borg
Posted 12/27/18, 12:38 pm

These past 12 months, bioengineers produced reams of research studies that continue to show the most efficient designs are those created by God. And researchers steeped in Darwinian evolution continued to make discoveries that pointed away from that theory and toward our great Creator.

Medical discoveries over the past year held the hope of new and better treatments for our ailments, but also brought new ethical challenges. And archaeological studies unearthed artifacts that uphold the truth of Biblical accounts.

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