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A few days ago The New York Times published a piece with the headline, A Scientific Ethical Divide Between China and West. My instinct as to what the piece was going to be focusing on was totally off. Whereas my own assumption was that it would focus on perceptions of widespread corner cutting, and sometimes... Read More
Nature has a nice overview of the excitement over CRISPR. The plot above shows Google Trends, and it illustrates what's been going on. Friends of mine who were working with Talens and Zinc-finger methods are now switching to CRISPR. For a generation genetic engineering has been an idea, CRISPR brings that idea to life. As... Read More
Everyone and their mother has heard of the story about the CRISPRed embryos by now. If you haven't, the original paper is open access. Second, Carl Zimmer's primer is excellent, Editing Human Embryos: So This Happened. For those who are overly alarmed by the non-ethical aspects, I think this is key: Livestock and pets. And... Read More
Google Trends Search Results for CRISPR For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. - Genesis, 3:5 Sometimes science surprises you. Many a time science seems like a slowly sluggish river, inexorable in its progress, but... Read More
If you don't know what CRISPR is, you should. Two words: genetic engineering. And then you have cloning. I was talking to a friend of mine about the possibility of combining these two technologies, CRISPR and cloning. The basic intention here would be to recreate yourself, but superior. Edit out de novo mutations, and genetic... Read More
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