Genetic Engineering

Scientists Create Early Embryos That Are Part Human, Part Monkey

"The embryos, described Thursday in the journal Cell, were created in part to try to find new ways to produce organs for people who need transplants, said the international team of scientists who collaborated in the work. But the research raises a variety of concerns." - NPR

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Uh-Oh, Scientists Used Human Genes to Make Monkey Brains Bigger

"The scientists call these human-monkey hybrids 'transgenic non-human primates,'.... the researchers limited their study to monkey fetuses, which were taken out by C-section after growing for 100 days. Allowing the experiment to go past the fetal phase and let the human gene-carrying monkeys to be born would be irresponsible and unethical, study coauthor Wieland Huttner said" - Popular Mechanics

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Creators of CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool win Nobel Prize

"Doctors administered a CRISPR cancer treatment in November and have used the method against sickle cell disease, HIV, and inherited forms of blindness. But the technology has sparked controversy, too. Experts around the world criticized Chinese scientist He Jiankui in 2018 when he revealed he used it to try to give the first gene-edited babies resistance to the AIDS virus." - WORLD

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“gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR and what’s being called ‘Prime Editing’ are ‘existential threats.’”

"Coming from a concerned non-scientist like me, these concerns can be easily dismissed as alarmist, but what if the concern comes from the Director of the National Institutes of Health?" - Christian Post

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