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We’ve Got Issues: Genetic Engineering

In this episode of the podcast, I explore the topic of genetic engineering. Specifically, I look into the ethical implications – both good and bad – of CRISPR technology. Many scientists consider CRISPR technology the answer to a number of the world’s foremost problems, such as crop shortages and death by disease. Others, however, are quick to warn that using this technology may lead us down a slippery slope to designer babies and new-age eugenics. In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Megan Hochstrasser of the Innovative Genomics Institute joins me to discuss CRISPR technology and it’s ethical implications.

Once again, a big thanks to my friend Max Pozek for creating the intro and outro music for this episode of the podcast. Be sure and check out his Soundcloud page, where you can find the rest of his work: https://soundcloud.com/100012/tracks

The background music for this episode of the podcast is from BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah’s Sour Soul, and can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW3li2XWgoM 

Show Notes:

“The Brain on Trial” David Eagleman

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/07/the-brain-on-trial/308520/

SYSK: Gene Editing

http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts/how-gene-editing-works.htm

Gene Drives & Malaria

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/new-gene-drive-technology-could-wipe-out-malaria-it-safe

Jennifer Kahn TedTalk

https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_kahn_gene_editing_can_now_change_an_entire_species_forever#t-105501

Jennifer Doudna TedTalk

https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_doudna_we_can_now_edit_our_dna_but_let_s_do_it_wisely

CRISPR Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRISPR
BigThink: Gene Editing

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/when-it-comes-to-gene-editing-human-embryos-diseases-yes-designer-babies-no

What is CRISPR?

http://www.yourgenome.org/facts/what-is-crispr-cas9

Florida’s Genetically Modified Mosquitos

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/11/20/502717253/florida-keys-approves-trial-of-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-to-fight-zika

CRISPR & Agriculture

http://www.agriculture.com/technology/how-gene-editing-will-change-agriculture

Ethics of Editing

https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/crisprcas9-human-genome-editing-challenges-ethical-concerns-and-implications-2155-9627-1000253.php?aid=65337

CRISPR Explained

http://theweek.com/articles/599237/genetic-breakthrough-that-could-change-humanity-explained

Princeton Geneticist (The Case Against Genetically Engineered Humans)

http://www.geneticsandsociety.org/article.php?id=260