Daily Archives: December 30, 2019

Crime labs analyze science behind crime

Law enforcement officials across New York are not the only ones preparing for criminal justice reforms in the state.
Scientists who analyze police evidence are preparing for an increase in cases, as reforms to discovery law require all discoverable materials to be turned over to the defense 15 days after arraignment.

Why China Is the Brave New World of Editing Human DNA

The headline-making births in November 2018 of the world’s first gene-edited babies (twin girls) was unsurprising in one way: The scientist involved was from China. As part of its effort to dominate scientific spheres including biotechnology, China has taken the lead in testing uses of Crispr, a tool newly available to researchers enabling them to alter DNA codes simply and inexpensively. Chinese scientists were the first to test Crispr in monkey embryos, in non-viable human embryos, in adult humans, and now in creating designer babies. Now China is confronting accusations that its regulatory system is overlooking the ethical considerations and medical risks.