Watch CRG Board Chair Sheldon Krimsky Discuss Human Genetic Engineering at the World Science Festival

by jeeg 2. June 2014 19:23


World Science Festival presents: Designer Genes: Fashion Our Biological Future


Moderator: Emily Senay

Participants: George Church, Nita A. Farahany, Jamie A. Grifo, Sheldon Krimsky, Paula Amato


Perhaps the most complicated code in the universe is the one sitting inside our cells, written in DNA. More than three billion letters make up the human genome, giving geneticists plenty to explore...and explore they have. But even as gene therapy, DNA analysis, and genetically modified organisms enter the mainstream--and inspire national debate--our capacity to manipulate life continues to deepen. How far should we go? Are there hidden downsides to rewriting our DNA? Can we hijack evolution and put an end to genetic diseases, or engineer the next generation to have advantageous traits? And who gets to decide?


This program is part of the Big Ideas series.










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