All posts by glpcler

BU Today [POV]: How Did Claims of CRISPR Babies Hijack an International Gene-Editing Summit?

Written By George Annas How is it consistent with either science or ethics to permit a conference on human gene editing to be hijacked by a rogue researcher who is unwilling (or unable) to present evidence that his experiment has actually been done, and to make his data available to scientists and the public? I ...

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 ...

STAT [First Opinion]: More research on ‘dying healthy’ will also help us live healthier

October 3, 2018 By George J. Annas and Sandro Galea Helping people live longer has been a central goal of medicine for decades. The quest to extend life raises an interesting question: Should we keep investing in research aimed at adding even more years to the already impressive gains in the average life expectancy that ...

Dr. Sondra Crosby’s briefing on Gina Haspel as the next CIA Director

Dr. Sondra Crosby briefed U.S. Senate staff on the potential implications of confirming Gina Haspel as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).   Read more