Xenobots: First living robots created from stem cells – CNN

A xenobot with large hind limbs and smaller forelimbs, layered with red heart muscle.

Scientists have created the world’s first living, self-healing robots using stem cells from frogs.

Source: Xenobots: First living robots created from stem cells – CNN

The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We? – The New York Times

Gene drives in DNA force target traits onto offspring and descendants, whether modified, natural, or recessive.

Chinese Scientist Claims to Use Crispr to Make First Genetically Edited Babies – The New York Times

Meanwhile, no one has verified claims from 2002 and 2009 of cloned human births. –Me

The researcher, He Jiankui, offered no evidence or data to back up his assertions. If true, some fear the feat could open the door to “designer babies.”

A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions – The New York Times

A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions – The New York Times

Biologists at Harvard Medical School have announced the ability to create synthetic embryos from stem cells instead of fertilization, in effect making synthetic people. These “sheefs”, for “synthetic human entities with embryolike features”, present ethical considerations, while possibly avoiding legal restrictions on human experimentation. Framed as “human structures”, sheefs may be grown to maturity and provide tissue for experimentation and organs for transplant. Or they may be altered to have non-human traits. I mean, “structures”.

–Coyoty

Martin Shkreli Arrested on Fraud Charges – The New York Times

 

I’m shocked!  Shocked!

The entrepreneur, who has been criticized for price gouging on drugs, faces securities fraud charges related to his work at MSMB Capital Management and Retrophin.

Source: Martin Shkreli Arrested on Fraud Charges – The New York Times