China sentenced He Jiankui, the biophysicist who created the world’s first gene-edited babies, to three years in prison for “illegal medical practice.”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the US had an average of seven human Eastern equine encephalitis over the past decade - in 2019 that number was at least five times higher.
China's draft biosecurity law focuses on protecting biological resources, promoting and safeguarding the development of biotechnology, and preventing and prohibiting the use of biological agents or biotechnology with national security implications.
Biosecurity issues in synthetic biology have many stakeholders with different perspectives, including the biotechnology industry, academics, government officials. and members of the public.
DIY CRISPR kits are under the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) jurisdiction, but the FDA has not yet enforced any standards for biohackers.
California passes a law that will require sellers of DIY gene editing kits to display a warning that states the kits are not intended for use on the buyer.
What’s controversial about this research is that unlike gene therapies that alter the genes of adults to treat an inherited disease, this research attempts to alter germline DNA.
Individual scientists and scientific societies have called for a moratorium on heritable genome editing in humans, but a moratorium raises the question of when does the moratorium end.
China had regulations against germline editing when the scientist edited two female embryos genes using CRISPR to make them (theoretically) resistant to HIV infection.
The bill proposes to close a loophole in US law that allows dangerous toxins and agents to be knowingly accumulated by individuals without registration.