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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

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

CRISPR–It’s not just for the refrigerator anymore!

April 27, 2015

 image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons   by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla For most of us, “crisper” means the drawer at the bottom of the refrigerator.  But if you Google CRISPR, which stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, you will find that it is a powerful genomic editing technology.  CRISPR can be... View Article