I wrote this article after Harvard’s George Church and several others published a proposal to make a synthetic human genome. They are calling their project HGP-Write. Prior to this proposal I had been researching some of the flaws in genetic testing for a fiction piece. I came across a fascinating article in The Atlantic on forensics and false positives in DNA matching. I also read a research paper on “genetic superheroes” that calls into question some of our assumptions about fully penetrant diseases.
Embryoids: Unique Entities or Human Embryos
Embryoids are made from pluripotent stem cells and have many of the features of embryos, but are not technically embryos. So, what are they and is research with embryoids ethical?
Do You Like Me?
Studies continue to show that teen girls have higher incidence of depression and anxiety when they spend more time on social media.
Boys Beating Girls (as in boys out-number girls)
My Casualty Report in Salvo Issue #46 is on modern-day eugenics. In several countries, the ratio of boys born compared to girls is well above the naturally occurring ratio…
Young & Restless
My Casualty Report in Salvo Magazine (Issue #45) gives recent statistics on issues affecting our culture. My latest Casualty Report is politically incorrect even though the statistics are from well-known journals and media sources.
Can We Trust Killer Robots and Drones to Act Ethically?
New technologies create geographic distance between the combatants and the war zone, but some people are concerned that it also create emotional distance.