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Many babies are born with a genetic variant that leads to ambiguous sexual development. .gsr./Flickr

Boy, girl or …? Dilemmas when sex development goes awry

Many babies are born with a genetic variant that can result in the child being neither a typical boy or girl. There has been considerable debate about whether the child should be treated.
A mouse embryo, like this one, looks a lot like that of a fish, a frog or a human at a certain point in its development. Macroscopic Solutions/Flickr

Flipping the genetic ‘switch’ that makes many animals look alike as embryos

Scientists have discovered the genetic "switch" that causes many animals, including fish, frogs and humans, to look the same at a certain point in embryonic development.
Cassava feeds 800 million people - keeping it disease-free is a must.

World hunger: what the Ebola virus can teach us about saving crops

Rapid genetic disease screening will be the key to saving East Africa's crops - just as it was during West Africa's ebola crisis.
A snip here, but not a snip there? DNA image via www.shutterstock.com

Why treat gene editing differently in two types of human cells?

The International Summit on Human Gene Editing drew a distinction between editing an individual's body cells and editing germline cells that would pass changes to future generations. Does that make sense?
Future people would be grateful if their disease is cured, rather than being replaced by a different healthier or non-disabled person. sabianmaggy/Flickr

Five reasons we should embrace gene-editing research on human embryos

Experts from around the world are in the US to discuss the scientific, ethical and governance issues linked to human gene editing. Here are five reasons they shouldn't ban research in the field.

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