A nurse is accused of impregnating a woman in a vegetative state who later gave birth

(CNN)A 36-year-old nurse has been arrested on suspicion of impregnating a woman in a vegetative state who unexpectedly gave birth last month at a Phoenix health care facility, police said Wednesday. A court order compelled Sutherland to provide a DNA sample to investigators on Tuesday, and crime lab technicians determined his DNA “matched the baby,” Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. Sutherland was arrested on Tuesday. A judge set a cash bond at $500,000 and scheduled Sutherland’s next court appearance for January 30. The nurse is being held in the Maricopa County Jail.

DNA pioneer stripped of honors over ‘reprehensible’ race comments

(CNN)A Nobel Prize-winning American scientist who co-discovered DNA has been stripped of his honorary titles at the laboratory he once led after repeating racist comments in a documentary. “The Laboratory condemns the misuse of science to justify prejudice,” its statement added. CNN has attempted to reach Watson for comment. Watson had previously told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper in 2007 that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really.” The scientist added that while he hoped everyone was equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.” Those comments led …

Unethical experiments’ painful contributions to today’s medicine

(CNN)Chinese scientist He Jiankui sent shockwaves around the world last year with his claim that he had modified twin babies’ DNA before their birth. The modification was made with gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9, he said, and made the babies resistant to HIV. Scientists from China and around the world spoke out about the experiment, which many say was unethical and not needed to prevent the virus. The scientist had also been warned by peers not to go down this path. When He made his claim of genetically altering humans, the response from the global medical community was swift and condemning. “It is out of the question that the experiment is unethical,” said Jing Bao Nie, professor of bioethics at the …