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How could we have prepared for CRISPR?

7 minutes

Can we prepare for the ethical issues surrounding future discoveries?

Whether you’re excited by its possibilities or worried about its potential consequences, large-scale human genome editing appears to be just around the corner thanks to CRISPR – a new gene editing tool unmatched in its revolutionary capabilities and efficiency. So how can we possibly prepare for its ethical implications? In this Parlor Chat, New York Times science journalist Carl Zimmer and Yale University science historian Daniel Kevles discuss how the history of science and regulation might – or might not – be our guide for avoiding social and ethical catastrophe.

Video by Parlor Chats

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Ideas can change the world

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview.

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Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview. Our mission is to create a sanctuary online for serious thinking.

No ads, no paywall, no clickbait – just thought-provoking ideas from the world’s leading thinkers, free to all. But we can’t do it without you.

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Essay/History of Ideas
Gandhi the philosopher

Better known as the face of non-violent protest, Gandhi was also a surprising, subtle philosopher in the Stoic tradition

Richard Sorabji

Essay/Metaphysics
Changing faces

Face transplants expose deep-held prejudices about identity and wellbeing. Are these ideas ripe for a radical rethink?

Sharrona Pearl