Genetic data privacy in U.S. questioned. Bioethical approach

Human gene sequencing is being used in medicine, and is also being commercialized on a large scale. Additionally, the ongoing Human Genome Project has created a huge database that is increasing daily. In this respect, the National Human Genome Research Institute in the U.S....

CRISPR used to obtain single-sex offspring in mice

Israeli researchers have used the CRISPR gene-editing tool – read our special report on the issue – to obtain single-sex offspring in mice. In their article published in EMBO reports, the scientists managed to obtain almost exclusively female offspring from the...

China. One step forward the regulation of gene editing in humans

After the birth in China of the first genetically modified humans the result of unregulated experiments, the country has recently introduced a regulation on gene editing in humans. To that end, they have developed a draft of the civil code, by which “experiments on genes in...

CRISPR human experiments. New global registry is proposed and a moratorium in reproductive germline editing

There’s an “urgent need” to create a transparent global registry that would list all experiments related to human genome editing, an expert committee convened to advise the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. The international committee of 18 researchers and bioethicists,...

A review of the relationship between same sex attraction and genetics: new findings for an old dilemma

Introduction Much has been written about the factors that trigger same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior. The possible existence of genetic determinants that are detectable in individuals with homosexual orientation has been the subject of study on many occasions, for very...

International discussion has been proposed about ethical use of embryoids

An article published in Nature, signed by notable personalities in the area of bioethics, discusses the ethical implications of embryoids (organoids) or embryo models, in vitro cell aggregates that model various regions of the embryo to allow their study. These studies are framed...

Human–animal hybrid advisability. Human brain gene introduced into monkeys that seems to increase their intelligence

“Genetic changes should not be introduced in higher animals, as this raises bioethical uncertainties.” Chinese scientists have recently produced transgenic monkeys by introducing a human brain gene into the animals during their embryonic development (produci...

Russian scientist is waiting for the approval of the government to produce babies with a modified genome

Denis Rebrikov, a Russian molecular biologist, has made public his intention to modify the genome of human embryos and then implant them in women to produce genetically modified babies as soon as he can obtain the necessary permits, according to the journal Nature (see HERE)....

Promising experiment with CRISPR. It corrects a lung disease in mouse fetuses but this research still has certain limitations

One step forward in the possibility of applying CRISPR in utero to correct diseases The CRISPR gene editing tool has been applied in utero in mice to correct a mutation that causes a lethal lung disease in mice. These experiments, published recently in Science Translational...

New possibilities increase the identification of fetal chromosomal anomalies

New possibilities open up in the study of the fetal genome In a recent Editorial in The Lancet, the author discusses an article published in the same journal (see HERE), which describes the study of the fetal genome after birth to detect if there are abnormalities that can...