Category Science and Technology

Prison sentence for creator of first CRISPR babies

Françoise Baylis calls for a critical analysis of the institutional context that contributed to the actions for which He Jiankui has been sentenced to prison.

The Need for Ethical Expertise in Animal Research Assessment

Caroline Vardigans reconsiders the role of the professional ethicist in the research approval process and argues for their inclusion on Animal Care Committees.

The CRISPR Dream

Françoise Baylis shares a brief excerpt from her book Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing.

Jo Napier’s Great Women of STEM Portrait Show

Elissa Barnard reports on Jo Napier’s artwork that honours female science and technology pioneers and she encourages readers to contact Napier to share stories of other historic women in STEM.

Brain Death: The Debate Continues

Richard Maundrell revisits the definition of death in light of new research suggesting the possibility of consciousness after a diagnosis of brain death.

Russia’s CRISPR “deaf babies”: the next genome editing frontier?

Jackie Leach Scully and Teresa Blankmeyer Burke worry about the ableist and audist assumptions hidden in this venture.

Is Prenatal Testing Discriminatory?

Chris Kaposy recommends that governments considering public funding for noninvasive prenatal testing take heed of the problem of discrimination against people with disabilities such as Down syndrome.