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In an interview with “EWTN News Nightly” anchor Tracy Sabol, National Catholics Bioethics Center President Dr. Joseph Meaney discusses the first-ever therapy approved by the FDA using CRISPR, a genome editing technology.

‘Groundbreaking’ gene-editing therapy receives thumbs up from Catholic bioethicist

Dec 12, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

A new gene-editing therapy designed to help treat patients suffering from sickle cell disease has been endorsed by the National... Read more

CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing complex from Streptococcus pyogenes.

Pro-life group: Use gene editing to fix disease, not make designer babies

Aug 29, 2019

As scientists explore new avenues for gene editing, a pro-life group is urging caution against the temptation to use the... Read more

Frozen embryos.

Scientists join call for moratorium on embryonic gene editing

May 4, 2019

A group of 62 doctors, scientists, and bioethicists have issued an open letter urging a global moratorium on experiments that... Read more

Human embryos.

Scientists call for global moratorium on genetically modified babies

Mar 15, 2019

A group of 18 scientists and bioethicists from seven countries has called for a global moratorium on the practice of... Read more

Frozen embryos.

Ethical concerns raised as human embryonic gene editing continues in US

Feb 1, 2019

A scientist at Columbia University in New York is conducting controversial gene-editing experiments on human embryos, according to a recent... Read more

CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing complex from Streptococcus pyogenes.

Claim of creating genetically-edited babies prompts ethics dispute

Nov 27, 2018

A Chinese scientist says he has created the first genetically edited babies, a claim that has led members of the... Read more


First human embryos edited in the USA. Here's why it's problematic.

Aug 2, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Researchers in Oregon have announced that they have successfully altered genes in a human embryo for the first time in... Read more

CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing complex from Streptococcus pyogenes.

Catholics shouldn't totally reject human gene editing – but it still has ethical problems

Apr 11, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Recent American guidelines for human gene modification have raised important ethical questions, especially with regard to modifying the genes of... Read more