CRISPR consultants name for moratorium on creating gene-edited infants

CRISPR consultants name for moratorium on creating gene-edited infants

ZEPHYR/Getty Eighteen of the world's foremost CRISPR researchers and bioethicists have called for a moratorium on clinical experiments using the revolutionary technology to genetically modify human babies.  CRISPR, a powerful molecular tool that enables precise and quick genetic edits, was used to create the world's first gene-edited babies, born in a Chinese research program in November…
Require Worldwide Moratorium On Producing Gene-Edited Children

Require Worldwide Moratorium On Producing Gene-Edited Children

There was an uproar in 2018 when a scientist in China, He Jiankui, announced that he had successfully used CRISPR to edit the genes of twin girls when they were embryos. Prominent scientists hope to stop further attempts at germline editing, at least for now. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption toggle caption Mark Schiefelbein/AP There was…
Ship Child Product to Your Holiday Location

Ship Child Product to Your Holiday Location

Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill (Getty Images) When you have a baby, packing for a vacation feels a bit like moving out of a small apartment. Infants need a lot of stuff—diapers (so many diapers), diaper cream, wipes, formula and food. Some parents choose to do a Target or Costco run when they arrive in the new…
I’m Brand-new Yorker Cartoonist Emily Flake, and This Is How I Moms and dad

I’m Brand-new Yorker Cartoonist Emily Flake, and This Is How I...

Photo: Mindy Tucker On topics from under-boob sweat to Mayochup, Emily Flake has a lot to say. Or, rather, draw. The award-winning cartoonist went from running her comic strip “Lulu Eightball” in alt-weeklies across the country (the jokes were “too vulgar for grown-up publications,” she has said) to regularly drawing for The New Yorker. Her…
We Turn Down All Baby Sleep Hacks

We Turn Down All Baby Sleep Hacks

Rejection WeekRejection sucks, but we all have to deal with it. Whether you’re the rejecter or the reject-ee, this week we’re providing a roadmap for handling rejection with grace. And look: If you reject our advice, that’s on you.   I was instructed to come up with one parenting hack that I would like to summarily…
Why Do Children Cry on Airplanes?

Why Do Children Cry on Airplanes?

Air travel can be hard for babies. Credit: Shutterstock Whether you're the long-suffering parent or an unlucky passenger sitting in a neighboring row, a crying baby on an airplane is never fun. We've all been there. As the plane ascends or descends, baby feels the scary sensation of her or his ears popping, and a…
How to Gown an Infant in Winter

How to Gown an Infant in Winter

It’s currently 2 degrees outside where I live in eastern Pennsylvania (with a windchill of -12) and I just argued with my 8-year-old about wearing gloves on his way to school. See, that’s one of the good things about babies that we don’t realize is a good thing while they’re still babies: They can’t argue…
How to Successfully Utilize Your Nesting Energy

How to Successfully Utilize Your Nesting Energy

A few Lifehacker staff members were talking about nesting the other day. You know, that special burst of somewhat frenetic energy that pregnant moms can experience that propels them to get shit ready. One staff member spent a couple of days on her hands and knees, ripping up carpeting and causing knee pain that would…
Prepare Your Kid for a Sibling With an Infant Doll

Prepare Your Kid for a Sibling With an Infant Doll

Like many mothers pregnant with their second child, I wondered how I could possibly love my another child as much as I loved my first. I’d watch my three-year-old son bounce across the room as if the floor had springs in it. He would drive toy trucks over the furniture and crash them together, fly…
To Clip Infant’s Nails, Strap Them in a Provider

To Clip Infant’s Nails, Strap Them in a Provider

If you struggle to clip your toddler’s nails, you’re not alone. It’s a necessary, frequent task, dreaded by many parents. We first failed so miserably at keeping our infant daughter’s sharp little claws under control that I showed up at her one-month check-up with clippers in hand and begged the nurse and pediatrician to help…
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