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Shots (NPR), 12/13/18

--Scientists say gene-edited babies claim is 'wake-up call' for world

Presidents of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences wrote an editorial this week calling for an international effort to prevent the creation of gene-edited babies without approval. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, is quoted here. 


Scope, 12/12/18

--Can artificial intelligence help doctors with the human side of medicine?

Abraham Verghese and Sonoo Thadaney Israni explore how AI could help doctors remain caring and generous in a recent essay and podcast. Verghese is the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor; Israni is the executive director of Presence and of the Program in Bedside Medicine/Stanford 25. 


Popular Science, 12/06/18

--The gene-edited Chinese twins represent a multi-generational ethical quandary

This piece explores whether the parents of the twins reportedly created using CRISPR were appropriately advised of the risks of the undertaking. Kelly Ormond, professor of genetics, is included here. 

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