Ben Shepard
Ben Shepard

World News

Find out what’s happening in Science & Society around the world. Discover changes to science policy and law, new scientific study results, Supreme Court rulings, debates about nature versus nurture, and news about the sharing of genetic information.

Thu, Dec 20

Kroger-owned Grocery Store Begins Fully Driverless Deliveries

Road-legal delivery vehicles don’t even have space for a human driver.

Thu, Dec 13

FBI plans ‘Rapid DNA’ network for quick database checks on arrestees

New machines create DNA profiles in less than two hours, rather than days or weeks

Mon, Dec 10

OPINION: Those Designer Babies Everyone is Freaking Out About – It’s Not Likely to Happen

According to a Research Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University, traits and diseases that result from multiple genes and lifestyle factors cannot be predicted using just DNA, and cannot be designed. Not now. And very unlikely ever.

Mon, Nov 26

Genome-edited baby claim provokes international outcry

The startling announcement by a Chinese scientist represents a controversial leap in the use of genome-editing.

Wed, Nov 21

The Ethical Quandary of Human Infection Studies

Sometimes infecting volunteers with a disease can lead to new treatments. But how much risk and compensation is acceptable for those in poor nations?

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