My Response to Some Gene-Editing Naysayers

As I sat in my “treatment” chair this morning, sucking down some medication and shaking in my Vest, I came across an article that shows us the debate over the ethics surrounding CRISPR-Cas9 has not only begun, but is also alive and well. I wrote about CRISPR last week, albeit in a satirical tone, and praised...
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CRISPR-Cas9, Rejoice or Panic?

CRISPR-Cas9 successfully eliminated a genetic illness from an embryo. Now everyone is either celebrating a massive success or in total panic. Source – Scientists for the first time have successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos, according to a study published on Wednesday. The...
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Did Science Find an Answer to the Lack of Organ Donors?

As it turns out the future is now. From National Geographic: In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a non-human organism, survive, and even grow inside a host animal, in this case, pigs.   This...
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France’s New Organ Donation Policy is Awesome

On Sunday France’s new organ donation policy went into effect, which essentially flips the conventional way people had been agreeing to be donors (via The Guardian): France has reversed its policy on organ donations so that all people could become donors on their death unless they join an official register to opt out.   The new...
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