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The world's eyes are on a US child abduction case. The supreme court will decide how to apply international law in the case of a mother taking her daughter from Italy to the US to flee her allegedly abusive ex-husband.

A case about international child abduction law has the world watching SCOTUS

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea that your once true love will take off with your child to another land.

This week the US Supreme Court will consider just such a horror story, the tale of a small child separated from her mother and at the center of an international custody dispute of global significance.

Trump and the courts

Objectivity is on trial in Trump's impeachment hearings. A republican congressman sought to undermine a panel of four legal experts by asking whether they voted for Donald Trump—attacking a core principle of the judiciary system that people can put biases aside and act impartially.

The concept of objectivity is under attack at the Trump impeachment hearings

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars testifying, questioning their objectivity and suggesting that they could not possibly be unbiased if they didn't reveal how they voted in the last presidential elections. And with each observer they manage to convince of this impossibility, we all lose a little bit more.

Trump's taxes will stay secret, for now. Trump argues that, as the president, his financial records are special. Lower courts have disagreed—but the US Supreme Court has granted the president's legal team more time to work on their petition.

The Supreme Court grants Trump’s emergency stay in financial records case

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't signaling her approval of Trump's legal stance, just giving him time to file a petition for review, and it happened to be her because the justices rotate duties with respect to emergency applications. Now the House of Representatives must respond by Dec. 11 and the justices will ultimately have to decide if they want to walk into this political landmine and accept review of three financial matters dealing with Trump's records and his claims the executive is special.

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Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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The Chinese scientist who claims he made CRISPR babies is under investigation

The Chinese scientist who claims he made CRISPR babies is under investigation

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  • Today’s claims about CRISPR babies are a reminder: the embryonic implications of this science must be considered. If the application allowed for immunity to HIV with precision, that would be a stunning breakthrough, but much work- on both technology and ethics- to be done.

  • If this is true, the future arrived faster than we thought and regulation of such a powerful technology cannot hope to keep up.

    The argument for:

    1) editing genes could prevent crippling or deadly diseases in children

    The argument against:

    1) it wouldn't stop there, people could use the technology

    If this is true, the future arrived faster than we thought and regulation of such a powerful technology cannot hope to keep up.

    The argument for:

    1) editing genes could prevent crippling or deadly diseases in children

    The argument against:

    1) it wouldn't stop there, people could use the technology to make babies however they want

    2) uncertain ramifications--when these babies have kids, what happens?

    The reality is, once this technology exists, people will find a way to get what they want, legal or not. Regulation will ban this tech for anything but preventing deadly disease, but the black market will thrive.

  • I am glad this headline is accelerating an ethical and legal debate our society has delayed for too long. Where will we draw the line, not only as citizens, but as human beings?

    That said, the headline is misleading. It is important to note that several characters in this story have denied involvement

    I am glad this headline is accelerating an ethical and legal debate our society has delayed for too long. Where will we draw the line, not only as citizens, but as human beings?

    That said, the headline is misleading. It is important to note that several characters in this story have denied involvement: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-46342195

  • Whoa. This would be a huge step. With unclear ramifications.

  • This will start with editing genes to eradicate polio, smallpox and HIV for wealthy parents who can afford it and — as technology becomes more advanced — end with producing made-to-order “superbabies” with high iQs or, worse, that have no genetic marker for homosexuality. It is a dangerous, morally perilous path.

  • CRISPR-Cas9 genom engineering has been unethically conducted upon human beings.

    This is highly controversial even in China.

    (Don’t think all Chinese are immoral pricks)

    The Shenzhen authority is investigating how the application for this horrific experiment filed by the professor could possibly pass

    CRISPR-Cas9 genom engineering has been unethically conducted upon human beings.

    This is highly controversial even in China.

    (Don’t think all Chinese are immoral pricks)

    The Shenzhen authority is investigating how the application for this horrific experiment filed by the professor could possibly pass the legitimate ethic committee of the local clinic.

    This operation was intended to engineer the babies to be genetically immune to HIV by neutralizing the CCR5, a type of protein receptive to HIV in infection, of pre-implantation embryo with CRISPR-Cas9 editing system.

    It’s been revealed that around 10% of Nordic are born with naturally malfunctioning CCR5 and thus with congenital immunity against HIV, and this experiment artificially demonstrated the work of God.

    However, crippled CCR5 is not fully beneficial because it on the other hand makes people vulnerable to other virus such as West Nile virus and severely exacerbates ordinary flu.

    The health and future of these twin babies are of the biggest concern.

  • So many things that would be OK in other countries can get you blackballed or jailed in China. But editing embryos, which is illegal in most places, is apparently fine there. The latest example of China's unique moral compass.

    Would love to be a fly on the wall for the conversations among Chinese government

    So many things that would be OK in other countries can get you blackballed or jailed in China. But editing embryos, which is illegal in most places, is apparently fine there. The latest example of China's unique moral compass.

    Would love to be a fly on the wall for the conversations among Chinese government officials in charge of regulating gene-editing.

  • Scientists in China have been recruiting couples in an effort to create the first gene-edited babies. They planned to eliminate a gene called CCR5 in hopes of rendering the offspring resistant to HIV, smallpox, and cholera.

  • This was inevitable. The techniques are so easy to use. What's needed is a global ethics and regulatory body to ensure genetic editing of humans is done under the strictest norms and only when strongly justified.

    Sadly, all that exists today are voluntary guidelines. Without proper regulation, scientists

    This was inevitable. The techniques are so easy to use. What's needed is a global ethics and regulatory body to ensure genetic editing of humans is done under the strictest norms and only when strongly justified.

    Sadly, all that exists today are voluntary guidelines. Without proper regulation, scientists are taking huge risks that could end up hurting the technology's public perception... and, in turn, its massive potential to do good.

  • This was my prediction for 2018: That we would learn of CRISPR modified humans walking amongst us and they would likely be in China. That prediction was actually met in January... https://gizmodo.com/china-has-already-gene-edited-86-people-with-crispr-1822297524 The research in this new article by Dr

    This was my prediction for 2018: That we would learn of CRISPR modified humans walking amongst us and they would likely be in China. That prediction was actually met in January... https://gizmodo.com/china-has-already-gene-edited-86-people-with-crispr-1822297524 The research in this new article by Dr He deals with modified embryos which had, at least in the West, been a no-go zone. Pandora’s box and all that...

  • Interesting and scary to think about concurrently... may be useful to prevent disease in the near future... but also may turn into a real life “Gattaca” if we are not careful to monitor this closely...

  • Please, we all act horrified, but the 1%—the Zuckerbergs, the Thiels, the McAfees of the world—will feign disdain and pay a pretty penny for their Uber-children.

  • If it is true, I can’t say I am surprised, as there have been rumors for years now that China had been moving full speed ahead with germline editing of human embryos. We are definitely marching towards a time where CRISPR will be used not only to treat diseases, but create designer babies.

    China will

    If it is true, I can’t say I am surprised, as there have been rumors for years now that China had been moving full speed ahead with germline editing of human embryos. We are definitely marching towards a time where CRISPR will be used not only to treat diseases, but create designer babies.

    China will not be present at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing this week in Hong Kong. The summit was originally to be held in China, but the Chinese Academy of Sciences pulled out citing their inability to locate a 500-person venue in Beijing. There are scientists who believe the real reason for the pullout is that the Chinese government did not want to hold it at the scale and transparency wanted by the organizers.

  • Some have asked for or mentioned the need for a governing body , an international discussion , He chose his timing intentionally.

    Please listen to and follow the news in the coming days from the Second International Human Genome Editing Summit http://www.nationalacademies.org/gene-editing/2nd_summit/index.htm

  • Baby-making is changing quickly. Well, the divide between the haves and the have-nots will dramatically expand with this one. I still like the natural approach better, because you might get surprised by how your kid turns out.

  • Feng Zhang, one of the inventors of CRISPR, has called for a global moratorium on using the technology to create gene-edited babies, right after the news is reported widely.

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612465/crispr-inventor-feng-zhang-calls-for-moratorium-on-baby-making/

  • How many Black Mirror episodes are real life stories in 5, 10, 50 years from now?

  • Agree with Ian - it’s already out there and there isn’t much we can do to stop all the potential splinters. Only time will show us how perverted this gets. So many concerns related to morality, science, ecosystems, etc but what about small things like competitive sports, knowledge-based tests like the

    Agree with Ian - it’s already out there and there isn’t much we can do to stop all the potential splinters. Only time will show us how perverted this gets. So many concerns related to morality, science, ecosystems, etc but what about small things like competitive sports, knowledge-based tests like the SAT, etc? If we can create superior organisms - why wouldn’t some people do anything, legal or not, to do so. If you didn’t like steroids in baseball and cycling - good luck regulating ANYTHING when we can pretty much create any modification we want with CRISPR technology. I’m terrified to see where this goes and I wish this technology was never pioneered, regardless of the positives. The responsibility is just too heavy to bear for humanity.

  • Future Olympic medal sweep by China?

  • So basically Chinese scientists want to expand technology by creating babies. Whoever thought of this may have a valid point on why. And the only reason I can seem to even think for one minute is a good idea Is because it could eliminate diseases and the genes that cause cancer and other negative health

    So basically Chinese scientists want to expand technology by creating babies. Whoever thought of this may have a valid point on why. And the only reason I can seem to even think for one minute is a good idea Is because it could eliminate diseases and the genes that cause cancer and other negative health concerns. But, relatively speaking this could result in failure, not only will everyone have perfect health IF done correctly, it will also cause people to look similar. Clones. Genes shouldn’t be transferred from a monitor or a tech. It should be done the right way. This will result in an over populated world.

  • What are you afraid of? That we become capable of maximizing our potential? The hope of mankind lies with who we can become and at long last in matching our human nature with our idealism. Goodby dysfunction and limiting disorders—- hello brave new world.

  • Just thank the China could create a more compliant population with less rebellious tendencies. It’s their dream 😳

  • “a team at the Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, has been recruiting couples in an effort to create the first gene-edited babies. ”

  • In light of this news, a lot of people on Weibo are already calling for the twin’s reproduction rights to be taken away.

  • What?!? Man where is this world going 🤦🏼‍♂️

    Thanks for this one News Picks

  • There is no stopping the inevitable future, you can only slow it down. You can choose not to participate and be crushed by it. If China begins producing babies with perfect health and optimal intelligence while the western world bans it, the western world will be crushed. Gattaca is one of my favorite

    There is no stopping the inevitable future, you can only slow it down. You can choose not to participate and be crushed by it. If China begins producing babies with perfect health and optimal intelligence while the western world bans it, the western world will be crushed. Gattaca is one of my favorite films. The tagline is "There is no gene for the human spirit"; the truth is, there probably is.

  • Editing embryos is different than editing genes because it permanently effects the gene pool. That’s something that impacts all humans, not just individuals.

    China, proceed with caution.

  • In highly skeptical of this working, especially given other recent research that has discounted CRISPR’s techniques given its poor effectiveness in mouse trials.

  • The ramifications are clearly unknown at this time.Does the means out weigh the gains.

  • This crazy guy is just desperate for fame...

  • I will think this is essential for the human race. Without natural selection we have all of these really bad diseases and conditions that are common, hopefully either by CRISPR or embryo selection we can wipe away these negative conditions without people having to be told you can't have that unhealthy baby.

  • Wow. It’s sounds good but what else can we achieve or problems will we create. Imagine creating a group of people that is superior. OMG. What happens to the rest of us.

  • Amazing but scary at the same time

  • Please think before doing...

  • Remember the term " Unintended Consequences "

  • Very slippery slope Chinese are going down, first we hear about the rating system they are going to use for each and every person with consequences if the government doesn’t like their score and now this.

  • This breakthrough, though stunning and pioneering, violates some of the ethics.

    It is not the first time that we see how technology and science successfully conquer nature and alter the evolutionary process. Undeniably, we human beings have already carried out several cases of genetic modification

    This breakthrough, though stunning and pioneering, violates some of the ethics.

    It is not the first time that we see how technology and science successfully conquer nature and alter the evolutionary process. Undeniably, we human beings have already carried out several cases of genetic modification, yet this is the very first time we do such customization on our own kind.

    However, there are still a number of experiments and tests required before scientists announce its ultimate success.

    Personally speaking, this kind of technology shall not be openly available to the public in consideration of the moral issues it may cause. Only when we strive for the better future on the very rightful way can we coexist with Mother Nature, otherwise the more we violate and break, the more we will lose.

  • Playing God. Coming soon to a world near you, super humans with high IQs, superior athletic ability, and much much more.

  • Interesting stuff here!

  • This scares me. Somehow it would be wonderful to be immune to horrible diseases but seems a risk to gamble the human life with a possibility of deformation.

  • CRISPr is another subject filed under the name “absolutely this is great, but where’s the limit to what we can do?” As a researcher, the ethical implications concerning editing human embryos don’t concern me. Controversial? Yes, but how else are we going to innovate? I believe that CRISPr has the power

    CRISPr is another subject filed under the name “absolutely this is great, but where’s the limit to what we can do?” As a researcher, the ethical implications concerning editing human embryos don’t concern me. Controversial? Yes, but how else are we going to innovate? I believe that CRISPr has the power to be the next step in human evolution, a real impact from the hockey stick of technological innovation. If CRISPr is used to end genetic diseases only, then I see no negative impact. The moment people are given unnatural advantages over others - then that is when we have equality problems and we finally take the power away from nature to change us physically. Scary concept.

  • We cant save everybody? We have limits?

  • Yikes!

  • ffs