What do people think about genome editing? Part II

If there were a technology that improved intelligence and cured arthritis, who would criticise it? However, that technology is not genome editing. A recent survey commissioned by the Royal Society plays to such hopes.

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“In the Image of our Choosing” – Christianity Today’s Piece on Genome Editing

The current issue of the journal Christianity Today has a three-page story on genome editing, written by pastor-theologian Dr Nathan Barczi called "In the Image of our Choosing” (Christianity Today, March 2017: pp. 48–51). Founded by Billy Graham 60 years ago, the journal describes itself as the "leading, nonprofit media ministry for the evangelical church". … Continue reading “In the Image of our Choosing” – Christianity Today’s Piece on Genome Editing

The Economist on ethics and reproductive technologies

The latest issue of the Economist addresses new developments in the biotech sector. The occasion is both the 20th anniversary of the cloned sheep Dolly as well as the recent report by the American National Academy of the Sciences on genome editing. The issue is opened with a one-page editorial called "Sex and science". Below … Continue reading The Economist on ethics and reproductive technologies

Disability in the media

In discussing genome editing, we often distinguish between therapy and "improvement." This does not seem to do justice to people with disabilities, however. An increasing number of people with disabilities say that they don't live up to society's standards of functioning, and they are tired of being reduced to such a perceived lack – part of living "in a world that isn’t built with us in mind", in the words of one commentator.