Skepticism of gene editing doesn’t stop human trials from moving forward

This month, scientists in China will begin the first ever experiments on humans using the cutting-edge gene-editing tool known as CRISPR. But as these researchers break barriers in biotech, a new in-depth survey from the Pew Research Center shows the public is deeply suspicious of various high-tech biomedical "enhancements" under development. The Pew report focused … Continue reading Skepticism of gene editing doesn’t stop human trials from moving forward

Synthesizing Genomes and Weaponizing Gene Editing

Last month, a closed-door meeting at Harvard Medical School about synthesizing human DNA drew criticism for its secrecy. The 150 or so attendees at the meeting were told not to talk to the media, although a conference organizer said there was a misunderstanding about the reasons for this injunction. Still, it is understandable that the public is … Continue reading Synthesizing Genomes and Weaponizing Gene Editing