articles tagged: genetic engineering
why you can’t design your baby and why it’s a terrible idea to try
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why you can’t design your baby and why it’s a terrible idea to try

Despite dire warnings, we may never be able to custom design humans. And if we ever learn how, we may accidentally drive ourselves into extinction if we try.

world of weird things podcast: how not to design your baby
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world of weird things podcast: how not to design your baby

The CRISPR babies scandal has unlocked old fears about the power of gene editing in the wrong hands and created new concerns about rogue operators who refuse to play it safe, even when there are literally lives on the line.

the scientific and ethical disaster that is the chinese crispr scandal
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the scientific and ethical disaster that is the chinese crispr scandal

He Jiankui tried to create two human beings resistant to HIV. Instead he triggered an international scandal with his methods and work experts describe as amateurish and shoddy.

viruses that fight cancer, coming to an oncologist near you
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viruses that fight cancer, coming to an oncologist near you

The first cancer-fighting gene therapy has been approved by the FDA, a major step towards turning cancers into manageable diseases.

battling superbugs the evolutionary way
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battling superbugs the evolutionary way

One good way to fight bacteria that have a resistance to antibiotics may be to remove their resistance to antibiotics...

who will save us from the gmo monster?
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who will save us from the gmo monster?

Anti-GMO activism is the left's version of global warming denialism and it's just as vicious and fact-free.

fighting hiv with hiv-lite? maybe, maybe not.
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fighting hiv with hiv-lite? maybe, maybe not.

Epidemiologists are thinking about trying to stop the spread of HIV with more HIV, but a strain engineered to be harmless to humans.

pop sci eugenics, now with good intentions
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pop sci eugenics, now with good intentions

No matter how good the intentions, designing the babies of a future generations is simply not going to work in the long term.

craig venter’s giant leap for biology
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craig venter’s giant leap for biology

The first synthetically designed life form has been created in a proof of concept that shows how much we now understand about the fundamentals of microbial life.

genetic engineering, the alt med way…
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genetic engineering, the alt med way…

Consider this a PSA for aspiring biohackers: gene therapy does not work if you literally drink the genes.

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