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Scientists create the first embryo with human and non-human primate cells

In a ground-breaking experiment, researchers have successfully created the first human-monkey chimera.

Gene editing on human embryos would not create ‘designer babies’

Researchers are moving forward with attempts to make edits to human embryos using CRISPR and other genome editing techniques.

Researchers have grown ‘human embryos’ from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?

Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by "reprogramming" cells from human skin.

Genetic engineering transformed stem cells into working mini-livers that extended the life of mice with liver disease

Scientists are figuring out the genes necessary to produce the variety of mature cells needed to construct a functioning liver.

Engineering Living Organisms Could Be the World’s Biggest Industry

If you can synthesize DNA faster, then you can conduct more experiments and learn faster. That’s what I’d like to see. More people programming life.

A Year After Gene Therapy, Boys With Muscular Dystrophy Are Healthier and Stronger

Gene therapy trials are underway for several different genetic diseases, including sickle cell anemia and Alzheimer's, among others.

The Future of Human Evolution in Space

What will humans look like in the distant future? Space travel may may affect both biological and technological changes in our species.

Genetic Engineering Might Help Pave Humanity’s Way to Mars

A future manned mission to Mars might require mankind not just to improve its technological capabilities but also to tweak human DNA.

Regulation Too Often Shackles the Hands of Innovators

The sad fact of the matter is that those most interested in the regulatory process tend to be motivated by politics and ideology.

Deep-space travel, colonization may rely on genetically engineered life forms

As humanity looks outward, we ponder what kind of life we ought to take with us to support outposts and eventually colonies off the Earth.