With the summer fast approaching, we here at the Daily wanted to take the time to look back at this year’s most important stories and point out some trends we’ve noticed about campus life. From the recent admissions scandal, to crises facing the grad student population, to GUP protests and long-range planning reports, this has been a hectic year for the Stanford community. We’ve been there every step of the way making sure that the story gets told.
The announcement marks the conclusion of a two-month-long internal review into faculty members’ connections with the Chinese scientist who ignited global controversy.
Quake shared email correspondence between him and He Jiankui with The Times in an attempt to dispel the allegations that he had been involved with the Chinese scientist’s work in gene-editing embryos.
Stanford has launched a review into several faculty members’ ties to He Jiankui, a former postdoctoral fellow who claimed in November that he had successfully edited the embryos of twin girls.
On Nov. 28, He Jianku — a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford from 2011-2012 — announced to hundreds of scientists, colleagues and journalists that he had created the world’s first genetically edited babies: twin girls with the pseudonyms Lulu and Nana whose DNA he claims to have altered to make them HIV-resistant.
A Stanford Medical School study has concluded that the microbiome – the collective genetic material of microbes in a given environment – in a healthy human lung is far less diverse than that of a cystic fibrosis patient. This lack of diversity is as dangerous as the presence of an individual infectious agent, according to…
A recently developed and newly released Stanford-created blood test can detect Down syndrome and two other major genetic defects at early stages of pregnancy. Experts have expressed concerns, however, about the ethics of knowing a fetus’s genetics during a period of pregnancy when abortion is both safer and more commonly legal.
Scientists in the School of Medicine transformed mature liver cells from mice into functional neurons with the introduction of three new genes, marking the first time researchers anywhere have been able to “leapfrog from one fundamentally different tissue type to another,” according to a School of Medicine statement.