CRISPR is a gene editing tool that can create permanent changes in the human genome.
Four months ago a researcher claimed he had used the tool CRISPR to edit the genomes of twin girls. Now prominent researchers and ethicists are calling for a temporary halt to this sort of work.
An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over southern Afghanistan.
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Civilian casualty counts are a powerful tool for propaganda – and for establishing peace.
We might not like the way future AI responds to us.
We're on the way to making machines that appear and act human, and can think for themselves. So how will they react to our behaviour towards them, especially the bad behaviour?
Brooklyn Brewery was sold to Kirin, Japan’s second-biggest brewer, in 2016.
The likes of AB InBev and MillerCoors have been trying to jump on the craft beer bandwagon by snapping up artisanal breweries. Do consumers care?
It’s not always clear where human organs come from in research papers.
International standards ban publication of research that involves any biological material from executed prisoners, that lacks human research ethics committee approval and that lacks consent of donors.
Can’t sleep: these cloned macaque monkeys are missing a gene involved in regulating the sleep/wake cycle.
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Researchers in China have produce a world first: gene edited, cloned macaque monkeys. They say such animals will be vital for research on human health – but ethical concerns remain.
Bhutan’s prime minister Lotay Tshering (left) with India’s Narendra Modi prior to a meeting in New Delhi in December 2018.
Bhutan, a poor country, ranks 26th out of 180 countries surveyed on corruption. How does the kingdom fight such issue and what can we learn from such experience?
An anti-abortion advocate in Jackson, Mississippi, March 2018.
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Are Democrats or Republicans more caring about others? One study of the role compassion plays in politics provides some surprising answers. And then there were the outliers: Trump voters.
Presidents have traditionally given Oval Office addresses during only the gravest of crises.
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We asked experts on ethics, constitutional law and European political history to analyze Trump's Oval Office address. Here's what they heard in his speech about 'crisis' at the US-Mexico border.
Craft chocolate is on the rise.
The chocolate industry is undergoing significant change at the moment, both for better and worse. Here are three trends on the positive side of things.
Editing just one gene in an embryo could create many unanticipated side-effects once the baby is born.
Genome editing technology has, and will always have, limits. Limits that are related not to the technology itself but to the intrinsic complexity of the human genome.
Under pressure, young entrepreneurs would tend to forget to take into account the effects of their ambitions on their surroundings.
The enthusiasm for business creation is not without negative consequences, especially for the many who fail. However, the "all entrepreneurs" discourse remains predominant.
As AI is deployed in society, there is an impact that can be positive or negative. The future is in our hands.
The Montréal Declaration calls for the responsible development of artificial intelligence. A world expert explains why scientists must choose how their expertise will benefit society.
What does oversight really ensure?
Questions abound about whether the scientist who created the first gene edited human beings took shortcuts in the ethical oversight process. But pedantically focusing on protocol misses the point.
Chinese scientists led by He Jiankui claimed they used CRISPR to modify human embryos that eventually were born as twin girls.
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The announcement of the birth of babies with edited genes has been met by a deluge of scientific and ethical criticism. Public discussion focuses on risks and benefits – was breaking this taboo worth it?
Chinese scientist He Jiankui of Shenzhen claims he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies.
We don't know anything about the health of the baby girls who are reported to have been born. But it's clear scientists around the world are shocked.
A gargoyle, or grotesque, looks over Paris from the bell tower of Notre Dame.
With internet platforms and social media increase our access to direct, unedited and unfiltered media coverage. This has been used to great effect to deliberately distort our understanding of events.
Embryos with eight cells.
China is pushing hard to lead a genome editing race.
Radical honesty works, but it is difficult.
The first bank to embrace radical honesty would do well out of the royal commission and leave its rivals in the dust. But it would be hard.
Starting new conversations.
As part of a new strategy to combat loneliness GPs will be able to prescribe social activities. But is this ethical?