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NIH Restrictions on Chimera Research a Mistake

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In a letter published today in Science, leading researchers argue against the National Institute of Health’s recent moratorium on funding for scientists implanting human stem cells into non-human embryos (see…

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Has the Genetic Arms Race Begun?

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Articles in Nature yesterday and in today’s New York Times describe the controversial recent announcement by a Chinese researcher that he has used cutting edge precision gene editing techniques (CRISPR-cas9) on non-viable human embryos.  It is rumored that the results of more research like this will be announced from China in the coming months. Every day we are receiving more evidence like this that the human genetic revolution, with its massive scientific, ethical, political, and national security implications, has already begun.

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Would I Genetically Enhance My Own Children?

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When someone at a Los Angeles book event asked me a personal question, I was already disarmed, exposed, and predisposed to a more personal answer.

“Would you genetically enhance your own children?”

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Books as Sacred Objects

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I hope you’ll have a look at my new bookreporter.com piece on books as sacred objects.  “As a great lover of books, I felt myself not only drawn to their…

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Books as Sacred Objects

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I hope you’ll have a look at my bookreporter.com piece on books as sacred objects. In it, I explore the challenges to the physical book in a digital world where words…

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If GMOs worry you, what will you think of genetically modified humans?

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In my Foreign Affairs article out this week, I argue that we need to do a lot more thinking about the implications of the genetics revolution. It seems crazy to…

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