Genetics

Gregor Mendel was fascinated by heredity in organisms. And his studies of genetic variation delivered the very first deep insights. Today, new tools allow the modification of genes, virtually without limit. With power comes responsibility.


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Summaries

Following last year’s bombshell revelation, investigations mount and debates swirl about the future for gene-edited humans. Here are the four most pressing questions.

David Cyranoski

Nature, 2019

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The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing

Kevin Davies

Pegasus Books, 2020

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How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures

Nessa Carey

Icon Books, 2019

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The police can access your online family-tree research – and use it to investigate your relatives.

Natalie Ram et al.

Science, 2018

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A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

Grand Central, 2017

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A team of scientists wants to accelerate research into a genetic disorder by using CRISPR to copy unique mutations from affected children into pigs.

Ed Yong

The Atlantic, 2017

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Genetic associations show how parenting matters for children’s education

Philipp D. Koellinger and K. Paige Harden

Science, 2018

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WIRED has challenged biologist Neville Sanjana to explain this concept to 5 different people; a 7 year-old, a 14 year-old, a college student, a grad student and a CRISPR expert.

Neville Sanjana

Wired, 2017

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The Science of De-Extinction

Beth Shapiro

Princeton UP, 2016

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