Morning Read: The CRISPR bioethical debate rolls on

Also, M.D. Anderson has started a pilot breast cancer study using the Apple Watch, A report released by HHS shows a reduction in hospital acquired conditions has saved thousands of lives and billions of dollars in healthcare costs.


The debate about CRISPR gene editing tools is continuing to get heated between scientists and ethicists at an international summit Tuesday. One dissenting opinion:

Hille Haker, chair of Catholic Moral Theology at Loyola University Chicago, argued on Tuesday in favor of a two-year international ban on research that involves changing human reproductive cells, also known as germline cells. Such changes would be passed on to offspring. She argued that such practices violated the freedom of unborn children, who would not have an opportunity to consent to changes in their genetic code.



Kesios Therapeutics has raised $28.5 million to develop its multiple myeloma treatment. – Business Wire

A major correction has been posted for an update to international guidelines on reporting outcomes of people receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).Retraction Watch

Velicept Therapeutics Inc. raised an undisclosed first portion of a planned $21 million series B round of funding led by CAM Capital and Longitude Capital. — BioCentury


Intel-GE Care Innovations announced a multi-year partnership deal with Amedisys, a leading home health and hospice company, to extend remote care management services. — Care Innovations


M.D. Anderson has started a pilot breast cancer study using the Apple Watch. — Fierce Medical Devices

Two new Japan-based ResearchKit studies have launched. One of the studies, developed at Keio University School of Medicine, aims to use health data for the early detection of arrhythmia and cerebral infarction. The other study, conducted by the COPD Foundation, aims to collect data from people with COPD. — MobiHealthNews


Is a bill repealing Obamacare a complete waste of time? Yes, according to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders: “What this legislation does is move us in exactly the wrong direction,” he said. “The bill we are debating today is a complete waste of time. … We have a health care crisis and this bill makes the crisis much worse.” — The Hill


Tech CEOs are indeed rich, and not surprisingly, the disparity between the rich and the poor at this point continues to be somewhat startling. “According to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies, the top 20 people on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans own more wealth than their 152 million fellow citizens in the bottom half of the US population combined. That’s $732 billion among the top 20.” — Wired

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