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Gene-edited babies and science credibility, part two

At the end of November 2018, the first two gene-edited babies were born in China as part of an undisclosed research project. The communication strategy used by the author challenges the way science regulate itself. Are we entering an era... Continue Reading →

Gene-edited babies and science credibility, part one

A Chinese scientist has revealed that the first two gene-edited babies are born in China as part of a questionable research project. This poses a threat to the scientific community’s credibility. Can science still regulate itself? And what are the... Continue Reading →

A laboratory in the garage

A revolution might be ongoing in science. And it promises to democratise research and make it accessible to everyone.  - Go directly to the full article here - Biohacking, also known as do-it-yourself (DIY) biology, is a revolutionary movement with the potential... Continue Reading →

CRISPR gene-edited cells enter the human body

For the first time, a patient has been injected with CRISPR gene-edited cells. This is just another step towards a revolutionary new era for medicine. Once again, the news comes from China. On October 28, a Chinese team was the first... Continue Reading →

When men became just evolved apes

A 1932 sci-fi movie, the 1896 novel that inspired it, and how Victorian society discovered that we are just ape’s descendants I love movies, and among movies sci-fi is one of my favourite genres, as one might tell from some other... Continue Reading →

Second Chinese gene editing study on human embryos is among us. But is it important?

On 6 April a Chinese team has reported editing non-viable embryos in the attempt to make them HIV-resistant. It is the second case of human gene editing that has been published. Apart from ethical concerns, is this study truly important... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Gattaca, part three

“Ten fingers, ten toes. That’s all that used to matter. Not now. Now, only seconds old, the exact time and cause of my death was already known.” From Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca In the last part of this series of posts... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Gattaca, part two

The previous post talked about a study, published in April 2015, regarding the first gene editing on human embryos. Despite the problems with the technique that this study showed, it triggered an awkward debate in the scientific community. Concerns are... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Gattaca, part one

In 1997 a movie depicted a dystopian future of gene-edited people. Most of those technologies are now becoming real. What are they and what are the differences between that future and ours? Jerome Morrow thinking: “The most unremarkable of events.... Continue Reading →

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