Closer to Designer Babies Than Ever Before: Update on Genetics

In September 2016 NPR broke a story about gene editing of embryos that caused quite a stir in academic, ethic, and multiple media circles. NPR was the first to tell us all about Fredrik Lanner, a Swedish biologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm who is editing the genes of healthy human embryos. This is not the first or the last time we will hear about science experiments on human embryos, but this story really hit a nerve in the scientific community. Here’s what happened.

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"Can you Clone Michael Phelps?" And Other Genetics Questions for a Fertility Specialist

Michael Phelps won his 23rd gold medal in the Rio Olympics in 2016, and Katie Ledecky broke world records in multiple events, leaving the rest of the world’s greatest swimmers in her wake. The success of the world’s elite athletes is not only due to drive, determination, practice and persistence, but also to physical and genetic traits that allow them to crush their competition. As a fertility specialist, I talk about genetics every day with my patients and here are my answers to many common misconceptions.

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