DIY Gene Editing at Home? ‘Farma’ Kits Can Produce Home-Brewed Pharmaceuticals

December 10, 2015: Read article in Genetic Literacy Project. MIT Media Lab graduate Will Patrick has designed a prototype desktop bioreactor that could enable the production of pharmaceutical drugs at home, such as antidepressants, insulin, and other drugs needed on a regular basis by patients. His research begs the question: Should the masses be trusted with the ability to create pharmaceuticals in the privacy of their own homes? Once that technology is available, will access to homemade pharmaceutical kits become considered a basic necessity, like pain relievers and cold...

Creating Superwoman (and Man): Who Will Benefit from Coming Age of Human Enhancement?

November 13, 2015: Read article in Genetic Literacy Project. As bioenhancement technologies allow people with disabilities to regain normal human capabilities, they will also allow for frivolous and unnecessary enhancements. However, author David Warmflash argues that moral conversations surrounding bioenhancements must always center around those with disabilities who are “seeking not to be enhanced, but merely...

A New Barbie Can Talk Back Using Artificial Intelligence

September 17, 2015: Read article in Business Insider. Mattel has developed an artificially intelligent Barbie Doll which can respond to things children tell it as well as remember previous conversations. Some parents raise privacy concerns and question the legality of this feature, but developers are eager to integrate AI into more children’s toys and enhance their...