September 20, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Alice Dreger

5 min read

Professor Steven Pinker of Harvard has been making the case recently that when it comes to novel biotechnologies such as CRISPR-Cas9 that bioethics should just get out of the way. Further, he has argued that we do not need a moratorium on clinical use of CRISPR-Cas9 for human genetic modification. In fact, he says that such a moratorium would be harmful. I think he’s wrong about that. I’m not a bioethicist so rather than talk primarily about his views on bioethics, I’m going to …Read More

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CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology is red-hot right now and I’ve been doing interviews with various thought leaders on it, which today includes Steven Pinker. This technology has great power for research in the lab and there are hypothetical transformative clinical applications of CRISPR too. The latter efforts could include experimental attempts at reversal of disease-causing mutations in one-cell embryos with the hope that they then grow into full-fledged, healthy human beings. Hypothetically CRISPR could also be used for pursuing human enhancement via germline genetic …Read More

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You might enjoy the articles below and find they surprise and educate you. Products in the pipeline – Ocata’s RPE by Alexey, a nice update on Ocata. Yes, we are seeing more attacks on academic freedom: guest post by historian of science and medicine.  Guest piece by Alice Dreger on her new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger. Scientists Call For Moratorium On Human Genetic Experiments. Another piece on the hot topic of the week, Human genetic modification, this nice one by Dan Vergano over at BuzzFeed Science. How the …Read More