Month: November 2018

Business Insider: Genetically modified ‘designer babies’ might be okay, according to a top ethics council

In a Business Insider article, bioethicist George Annas told Business Insider, “I hate to say we’ll never know what [an ideal genome] is, but we’re nowhere near that. Humans have more flaws than we know what to do with,” Annas added. “One of them is that we don’t know what it would mean to make a better ...

The Boston Globe: Boston-area scientists criticize Chinese researcher who changed embryonic DNA

In a recently published Boston Globe article, George Annas, the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health, was asked about his thoughts on He Jiankui’s research on gene-edited babies. George called the research “an unethical, premature experiment ...

AP: CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

Dr. Sondra Crosby, who has treated victims of torture, including two who were held at CIA secret sites, disagreed. “The enduring pain and suffering experienced by the survivors of the CIA program is immense, and includes severe, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, physical ailments, and psychosocial dysfunction,” said Crosby, of Boston University’s School of Medicine ...