Top stories: CRISPR babies fallout, research funders’s tax havens, and our ancient shrinking Sun


An ‘epic scientific misadventure’: NIH head Francis Collins ponders fallout from CRISPR baby study

In a statement condemning the work of Chinese scientist He Jiankui in using CRISPR to genetically modify human embryos, Francis Collins, head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, says the only way forward in germline gene editing trials is “strict independent oversight.” Collins says NIH embraces the role it may need to play in overseeing controversial gene-editing projects going forward.

Private research funders court controversy with billions in secretive investments

An investigation of public records and documents known as the Paradise Papers has found that leading research philanthropies—including the Wellcome Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—have invested more than $5 billion in offshore tax and secrecy

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