A trove of official documents reveals that the FDA knew genetically-engineered foods (GE foods or GMOs) pose unique risks to humans as far back as 199...
Even those excited by the possibilities presented by the CRISPR/Cas technology seemed to favor a cautious and well thought out approach to its use in a clinical setting.
From desertification to eroding shores, climate change has intensified resource scarcity, poverty and hunger. Vast new waves of migration may have a political ignition, but the fuel is climate change, from Africa to Asia. Somehow, even Syria's conflict can be attributed to the spark of longer-term drought.
Public engagement is an essential ingredient in building public trust and confidence, when it comes to decisions about the use of science and technology.
If you're living on the edge of famine, you may not be able to afford a squash pot, or even seeds. But when you're an American elitist, eager to reject the idea that a vitamin-fortified crop could rescue children from the tragic effects of malnutrition, you go to the edge of reason and fall off.
There are hundreds of stories I could tell from my recent trip to Ethiopia four months ago-- stories of similarities and differences, of opportunity and challenges. But I want to focus here on the reason for my trip and what I hope I accomplished.
Ecomodernism celebrates human progress and achievement, rejecting the idea that we should be subservient to nature. Ecomodernists believe that human ingenuity is the key to protecting the planet from further damage - either natural or man-made - and that advancing technologies can help build a thriving home for a projected population of 9 billion people
The recent call by U.S. scientists for a temporary pause "in the application of germ-line modification for clinical application in humans while the implications of such activity are discussed" has added a new intensity to the debate and reveals a potential bioethical divide between the US and the UK.
At a private residence in Los Angeles this past Saturday, chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall revealed that Steven Druker, author of Altered Genes, Twi...
Things have been a little intense lately and the little voice in my head keeps begging, "How did I get here?" In other times of quiet introspection the little voice in my head says, "What would you have done differently?" What the heck happened?
A recent opinion piece by Steven Pinker, a Harvard psychologist often referred to as a "public intellectual," called on bioethicists to "get out of the way" and allow biomedical research to proceed without the red tape and interference that allegedly slow the path to medical breakthroughs.
One has only to look at the many articles in journals addressing controversial issues to conclude that no unanimity exists and any restraint in research cannot be laid solely at the feet of bioethics.
Longevity runs in our genes and a few weeks ago, our family celebrated the 100th birthday of a great uncle. As part of his birthday celebration, we were treated to an Okinawan taiko performance.
So little attention is paid to HIV/AIDS nowadays, one might be forgiven for thinking it has been cured. But has it?
Self-restraint is not a characteristic of the companies developing robotics for businesses that want to replace tens of millions of both white collar and blue collar jobs. Look at the latest factories, refineries and warehouses to illustrate what is coming fast. Even the work of lawyers is being automated.
I recently had the privilege of being the opening keynote speaker at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville 2015 conference in London. Attending were nearly 1000 people, including economists, engineers, scientists, and financiers.