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.
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.