Scientists working with mice turn ordinary skin cells into viable eggs.
Have you heard much science-talk in the presidential debates? Or on the campaign trail? Or maybe in interviews by the leading candidates? Me neither. Yet, nothing is going to change our lives more in the next 10 years than the radical science and technology starting to engulf us.
Just last year we saw the creation of the first genetically-modified human embryos in the lab using the amazing gene editing toolbox that is CRISPR. That is just one step, but may have opened the door to much more.
According to Bruce Whitelaw, a professor of animal biotechnology at Edinburgh University's Roslin Institute on Scotland, "This
This could take "designer babies" a step closer to becoming a reality.
Why traits cannot be designed in embryos Any concerns that CRISPR could taken a step further to enhance babies by selecting
In the future, transhumanist technology and science will compliment the LGBT movement and help push it forward in the face of continued social oppression and closed-mindedness.
Up until recently, those in the technology industry and those conducting genomic research would have been considered strange bedfellows. But big data -- more specifically, big genomic data -- is bringing the two groups together.
before Gattaca becomes more than just science fiction, lawmakers, physicians, geneticists, and ethicists -- the global community -- must engage in some honest discussions about when we put the brakes on gene experimentation and alteration.
The technology to alter traits of individuals exists. CRISPR is a gene editing technology that scientists can use to replace defective parts of the DNA sequence with healthy ones. Tampering with DNA can erase the faulty genes causing debilitating diseases.
A wave of ethical discussions and admonitions recently appeared after Chinese scientists reported successfully editing an embryo's DNA.
A long way from designer babies. While the gene-editing tool successfully spliced DNA in 28 of the embryos, it only replaced
Increasingly, futurists are hoping that through politics, radical science and technology will gain a better foothold in society.
By: By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer Published: 03/13/2014 02:18 PM EDT on LiveScience Creating designer babies who are free from
Although the poll shows that optimism about the possibilities opened up by genetic research outweighs pessimism about potential
Here are a few questions worth debating on your next dinner party or trip to the bar.
Mitochondrial transfer can replace such defective mitochondrial DNA with that from a donor, allowing affected mothers to