When you send off a cheek swab to one of the private genome companies, you may sacrifice not just your own privacy but that of your family and your ancestors.
In a rare move, the agency is looking into whether Southern Illinois University allowed experimental vaccine research to occur on university grounds—without safety precautions.
Many forensic science methods commonly used in criminal cases and portrayed in popular TV police dramas have never been scientifically validated and may lead to unjust verdicts, experts argue in a new editorial.
William French Anderson, one of the earliest pioneers of gene therapy, is set to be released from prison in the next month after nearly 12 years behind bars. He intends to resume a career in science.
Artificial human embryos could soon be on the horizon, but what will it mean? Well, arguably the potential of such a breakthrough could herald a new biological revolution.
23andMe CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki says consumers don’t need experts to interpret results from genetic risk tests, and compared the information her company offers to at-home pregnancy tests. But is it that simple?
The full benefit of using AI-tools to make predictions and take alternative actions can’t be realised without careful consideration of the accompanying ethical pitfalls, say researchers.
The HHS civil rights division refocuses on the rights of health care providers who have moral objections to treatments such as abortion or sterilization, alarming critics.
A USD $5 million technology prize aims to crack the origin of the genetic code. The Evolution 2.0 Prize was announced at Arizona State University in August 2017. The largest “origin of life” prize to date, it seeks to bridge the gap between chemistry, genomics and modern computing.
“How Can We Anticipate and Respond to Technologies and Information That is Rapidly Changing?” – Josephine Johnston
Josephine Johnston is an expert on the ethical, legal and policy implications of biomedical technologies, particularly as used in human reproduction, psychiatry, genetics, and neuroscience.
In a recent interview, Josiah Zayner admitted, “I didn’t realise the consequences of what would happen” after publicly injecting himself with CRISPR.”
Clinicians can be so focused on fixing problems and saving lives that they often avoid delivering news of a poor prognosis.
Reading the whole genetic blueprint of a fetus long before birth could become a routine procedure thanks to a new blood test.