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Gene-Edited Babies: Immoral, Illegal, and Dangerous

November 27, 2018

A “bright line” in ethics has been crossed, and the world is just beginning to recognize its serious implications. Amid international outrage, a Chinese scientist just announced that he genetically modified the genes in the embryos of seven couples. As a result, one couple has just given birth to twins, genetically-modified to make... View Article

Ethics and Genetic Privacy

October 23, 2018

By guest blogger Breanna Beers There’s a saying in the technology industry: “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.” With the rise of big data, companies like Google and Amazon know more about you than some of your friends do. Of course, it’s all “anonymized” —... View Article

Editing Humanity: The Ships are Burning

August 1, 2017

In 1519, Captain Hernán Cortés and his Spanish conquistadors conquered the Aztecs and claimed Mexico for Spain. Legend reports that he ordered all the ships burned, so that his men would have to conquer or die trying. In reality, he merely scuttled the ships, making them unusable, but “burning the... View Article

New Transhumanism – Same Old Story

March 23, 2017

In a modern movement right of of H.G. Wells, transhumanism is on the rise. This atheistic brand of scientism calls for the perfecting of the human species, and for bringing us through to the “next stage” of our evolution. In fact, the idea has an ancient pedigree. The quest for... View Article

Religious Liberty: Making Our Case

March 15, 2016

The current climate of secular society has declared, aided and abetted by the U.S. Supreme Court, that traditional views of marriage are unacceptable. For those who protest, the cry of “religious liberty” has become a synonym for bigotry. Individuals and groups that wish to uphold the view that marriage is... View Article

Could understanding nature help us treat trisomy?

May 4, 2015

 Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla What if we could actually treat the root cause of conditions like Down’s Syndrome, rather than simply ameliorating symptoms?  Although the life expectancy of Down’s Syndrome patients has increased dramatically in the past few decades, and is now approximately 60 years of... View Article

Is Gene Therapy Playing God?

February 9, 2015

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons   by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla It was near the end of the class period, and I was trying to explain the difference between regulating gene expression–how genes get turned on and off– and replacing genes.  “It is possible to modify gene regulation biochemically, using a... View Article

The Language of God

January 6, 2007

I have always thought that Dr. Francis Collins is a pretty cool guy. When I first met him in 1992, I was impressed by his engaging personality, his love of playing the guitar and riding motorcycles, and his unabashed Christian faith. Dr. Collins is the head of the National Human... View Article

DNA as Destiny?

November 22, 2006

Since the completion of the Human Genome Project, there seems to be a growing sense that everything, including our behavior, can be explained by our genes. According to this idea, there’s a gene (or genes) for addiction, for sexual orientation, even for altruism. Now that we know the human genetic... View Article

A ‘Genetic Outlaw’ Speaks Out

September 24, 2006

A law professor in Minneapolis has recently become an “outlaw” in the eyes of some. Her crime? She chose not to have an abortion when she received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Elizabeth Schiltz had her baby anyway, and writes about her experience in Defiant Birth: Women Who Resist... View Article