TED Talk: How to Read the Genome and Build a Human Being

February 2016: Watch video on Ted.com. Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to read this complex code, predicting things like height, eye color, age and even facial structure — all from a vial of blood. And soon, Sabatini says, our new understanding of the genome will allow us to personalize treatments for diseases like cancer. We have the power to change life as we know it. How will we use...

Plan to Fabricate a Genome Raises Questions on Designer Humans

June 2, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. A group of scientists have proposed a research plan to fabricate the human genome, but their proposal does not tackle any of the looming ethical difficulties of such an endeavor. However, one of the main authors of the proposal has made his viewpoint clear in a book published in 2012: George Church of Harvard, author of Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves, believes that this technology can and should allow mankind to further evolve itself and the rest of nature with it, according to scientific...

Chinese Researchers Experiment with Making HIV-Proof Embryos

April 8, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Scientists in China recently completed an unsuccessful experiment aimed at modifying human embryos to resist HIV. Modifying embryos has been a hot topic of debate among scientists worldwide, with some saying modification is dangerous and wrong and others saying the risks are worth the possibility of preventing genetic diseases and improving human...

When Extinction Is a Humanitarian Cause

February 17, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Humans have driven species to extinction through our hunger, our ignorance, our desire for economic growth, and our indifference. Will one species of mosquito be the first we eliminate for humanitarian...