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Live Blogging #GeneEditSummit Day 1 Post #4: Societal Implications of human gene editing

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This is post #4 of my live blogging of the #GeneEditSummit today. It is focused on societal implications so I’m really looking forward to it. You can read posts 1-3, here, here, and here summarizing the talks and key points from the meeting so far. Annelien L. Bredenoord, University Medical Center Utrecht, chaired the session. John Harris, …

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Live Blogging #GeneEditSummit Day 1 Post #3: human germline modification

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The post-lunch session is “Applications of Gene Editing Technology: Human Germline Modification”. Prior to hearing it I’m curious how cautious or gung-ho the speakers will be, or if their gestalt will be one of balance in the middle somewhere. Robin Lovell-Badge, The Francis Crick Institute, was the moderator of this session. He said, “We’d be …

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Live Blogging #GeneEditSummit Day 1 Post #2: State of the Science, #CRISPR

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Now we hear from the scientists on the front lines of CRISPR, covered in this post #2 of the Human Gene Editing Meeting. You can read Post #1 here. Jennifer Doudna starts off the big human gene editing science session on the current state of the human gene editing science and CRISPR. She gave an …

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Live Blog #GeneEditSummit Day 1 Post 1: Context & Science

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This is blog post #1 from Day 1 of the National Academy of Sciences meeting on Human Gene editing. Some of the post may be written on the fly given the quick timeline of the meeting. Updates will sometimes be added to existing posts. See the subsequent three posts on the rest of the day here, …

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Live Blogging NAS Human Gene Editing Summit: #GeneEditSummit

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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS)  summit on Human Gene Editing will begin in a few days on December 1 in Washington, D.C. This summit is in part the extension of discussions that started at a more informal meeting on CRISPR earlier this year in Napa organized by Jennifer Doudna and colleagues. The NAS meeting …

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As science blogger, how to handle plagiarism & other text reuse issues

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If you write about science on the web such as a blogger (e.g. me here on The Niche), chances are that your work has been used by someone else without your permission. What can you or should you do about that if anything? This re-use can range from what turn out to be appropriate occurrences …

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Why interview Steven Pinker on my blog if I strongly disagree with him?

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Earlier this week I posted an interview with Steven Pinker on CRISPR, human germline modification, and bioethics. With only a few exceptions, I strongly disagree with Pinker’s philosophy in these areas and I knew going into the interview that his answers would likely go against my own views. I also expected the interview would anger …

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