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Three Outstanding Journalists Recognized for Excellence

Three journalists have been named recipients of The Hastings Center Awards for Excellence in Journalism on Ethics and Reprogenetics.

The first place award goes to Antonio Regalado for his article “A New Way to Reproduce,” published in MIT Technology Review, which explores the scientific possibilities and ethical challenges of creating artificial sperm and egg cells in the laboratory.

Runners-up are Amber Dance for “Better Beings?”,  published in Nature Biotechnology, which raises societal and ethical questions that should be addressed before we consider creating genetically modified babies; and Andrew Joseph for “A Baby with a Diseases Gene or No Baby at All: Genetic Testing of Embryos Creates an Ethical Morass,” published in Stat, which grapples with the ethical dilemmas of implanting embryos with genetic variants that could lead to a disease such as cancer.

The recipients were selected by an independent committee of journalists and a scientist. The first place award is $6,000 and the other awards are $3,000 each.

The awards recognize journalism that not only explains the science of reprogenetic technologies – including preimplantation genetic diagnosis, prenatal genetic testing, and gene editing — and addresses concerns about safety and efficacy, but also engages broader philosophical questions, such as how these technologies should be deployed to promote human well-being. The awards are part of The Hastings Center’s project on gene editing and human flourishing, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

Antonio Regalado is the senior editor for biomedicine at MIT Technology Review. Previ­ously, he wrote about science, technology, and politics in Latin America for Science and other publications. From 2000 to 2009, he was the science reporter at the Wall Street Journal and later a foreign correspondent.

Amber Dance is a freelance science writer based in Southern California. She contributes to publications including PNAS Front Matter, The Scientist, and Nature. After earning a doctorate in biology, she studied journalism because she wanted to write about her broad interests in science and share her enthusiasm with readers.

Andrew Joseph is a general assignment reporter for STAT. He previously worked for the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has covered everything from crime to health policy.

The awards were presented at an event in New York City in December.

Published on: November 5, 2018
Published in: Children and Families, Enhancement, Gene Editing, Genetic Testing & Screening, Health and Health Care, Human Reproduction, Science and Society, Science and the Self

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