Erik Parens
Senior research scholar, The Hastings Center

Erik Parens is a senior research scholar at the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute in Garrison, New York. He is the author of Shaping Our Selves: On Technology, Flourishing and a Habit of Thinking (2015) and coeditor, with Audrey Chapman and Nancy Press, of Wrestling with Behavioral Genetics: Ethics, Science, and Public Conversation (2005), among others.

Written by Erik Parens

Three-year-old twins Estaban and Salome Hernandez at home with their parents Fabio and Mabel, 15 March 2020. The Hernandez family were awaiting the result of the Washington DC school lottery which determines which school they will attend. Photo by Michael S Williamson/Washington Post/Getty

Essay/
Genetics
The genes we’re dealt

The new field of social genomics can be used by progressives to combat racial inequality or by conservatives to excuse it

Erik Parens

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Essay/
Bioethics
Made to order

Parents already put their children under intense pressure to compete in the world. Will gene editing make it worse?

Erik Parens