‘Designer baby’ book trilogy explores the moral dilemmas humans may soon create

How would the ability to genetically customize children change society? Sci-fi author Eugene Clark explores the future on our horizon in Volume I of the "Genetic Pressure" series.

  • A new sci-fi book series called "Genetic Pressure" explores the scientific and moral implications of a world with a burgeoning designer baby industry.
  • It's currently illegal to implant genetically edited human embryos in most nations, but designer babies may someday become widespread.
  • While gene-editing technology could help humans eliminate genetic diseases, some in the scientific community fear it may also usher in a new era of eugenics.
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Study calls out the genes that make cancer cells so hard to kill

Researchers from the University of Toronto published a new map of cancer cells' genetic defenses against treatment.

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  • Developing immunotherapies for cancers is made more difficult by how different tumors are from each other.
  • Some cancers are actually made worse by immunotherapy.
  • A piece falls into place on the complicated puzzle of genetic interactions of cancer cells.
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    Even as the COVID-19 pandemic cripples the economy and kills hundreds of people each day, there is another epidemic that continues to kill tens of thousands of people each year through opioid drug overdose.

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    4 key questions to challenge your views on genetic engineering

    New research shows how Americans feel about genetic engineering, human enhancement and automation.

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    • A review of Pew Research studies reveals the views of Americans on the role of science in society.
    • 4 key questions were asked to gauge feelings on genetic engineering, automation and human enhancement.
    • Americans are split in how they view technology and many worry about its growing role.
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    Chinese scientist gets jail for rogue gene editing

    A punishment is handed down for performing shocking research on human embryos.

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    • In November 2018, a Chinese scientist claimed he'd flouted ethics and the law to edit genes in human embryos.
    • Other Chinese scientists call He Jiankui's research "crazy."
    • Three gene-modified babies are now living in China, future uncertain.
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