October 1, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

human genetic modification book

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My new book GMO Sapiens is the first such work written for both a lay audience and scientists to cover the potential use of CRISPR in humans for genetic modification The journal Cell has just published a review by George Annas on GMO Sapiens. For the most part he seems to have liked it. If you’ve read my book, I’m curious if you have any feedback or thoughts on the key issues I tackled in it. I’ve also hidden a $250 Easter egg in …Read More

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What’s on your mind on this Monday morning and are you caffeinated enough yet? Depending on where you live it may even be time for dinner, bed, or already early Tuesday. Here are some Monday musings… To get safe and effective stem cell treatments to patients in a responsible, compliant manner you need commercial efforts and that in almost all cases means biotechs. Doing this blog for 5+ years has made it really sink in just how crucial the commercial side is to all …Read More

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the future of human reproduction might be very different from today’s reality due to recent technological advances including cloning. Things like human cloning (the reproductive, “Star Wars” kind) and human genetic modification seem very real now. It feels almost imminent in a sense compared to the milleenia of the “old fashioned” natural way of making babies. I find this technology both fascinating as a scientist and also mind-blowing as a science writer. In fact, I’ve become so …Read More