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Genetic Engineering

The Next Trillion-Dollar Industry Could Be Built on Genetic Code

Dawn Nakagawa | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Dawn Nakagawa

Alec Ross served as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior advisor for innovation. During that role, he earned unique insight into the changing nature of technology. In his new book, "The Industries of the Future," Ross not only lays out the key industries that will shape the 21st century, but also provides the geopolitical, cultural and generational contexts out of which they are emerging. Berggruen Institute's Dawn Nakagawa sat down with Ross to discuss the book.

The Drone Invasion

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.

Five-Way Food Fight

Judy Frankel | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

With so many assaults on food lately, I had to zero in on the most urgent topics.

Could This Be Humanity's Last Century?

Seth Shostak | Posted 01.14.2016 | Science
Seth Shostak

The people of the 11th century might be disconcerted by today's technology, but they would have no trouble recognizing us. However, it's unlikely we would recognize humans a millennium hence. We live in times that are more than merely interesting.

Have Scientists Found Common Ground On Gene-Editing The Human Germline?

Peter Donovan | Posted 12.04.2015 | Science
Peter Donovan

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.

Gene Manipulation In Human Embryos Provokes Ethical Questions

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.17.2015 | Science

A team of Chinese scientists raised eyebrows in April when they modified the genetic code of human embryos to correct the gene defec...

Ecomodernism: An Environmental Movement Unites Politically Divided Moms

Amy Porterfield Levy | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Amy Porterfield Levy

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

These Advances In Lab-Grown Organs Might Save Your Life One Day

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.20.2015 | Science

So far this year, 18,048 people (and counting) have received organ transplants. Another 122,586 people are in need of a lifesaving organ transpla...

Challenging the Giant GMO

Judy Frankel | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Judy Frankel

At a private residence in Los Angeles this past Saturday, chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall revealed that Steven Druker, author of Altered Genes, Twi...

Setting a New Standard for Science Transparency

Kevin Folta | Posted 09.22.2015 | Science
Kevin Folta

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?

Does Bioethics Hinder Medical Progress?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

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.

Is Bioethics Hindering Medical Progress?

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 09.18.2015 | Science
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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.

Why The Future Doesn't Need Us -- Revisited

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.21.2015 | Technology
Ralph Nader

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.

Ecologist-in-Chief Urges Changes in Production and Consumption

Diana Donlon | Posted 06.19.2015 | Green
Diana Donlon

By taking a strong stance on climate change, Pope Francis shows not only his concern for all of creation, but his particular concern for the poor. Investing in soil health especially in dry parts of the world will help to meet the food and water needs of millions.

Taking Control of Our Genetic Information: Could it Go Too Far?

Karthika Swamy Cohen | Posted 06.17.2015 | Technology
Karthika Swamy Cohen

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.

This New Kind Of GMO Could Restore Lost Traits To Crops

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 06.03.2015 | Taste

Even the most ardent supporters of the use of genetic modification would admit one potentially troubling fact about the technique: It's very new. ...

Top Ten Emerging Technologies: An African Perspective on Genetic Engineering, Additive Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence

Utibe Effiong | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Utibe Effiong

Here, I examine the implications of technological breakthroughs such as precise genetic engineering, additive manufacturing, and artificial intelligence, in developing economies such as Nigeria.

Transhumanist Party Scientists Frown on Talk of Genetic Engineering Moratorium

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A wave of ethical discussions and admonitions recently appeared after Chinese scientists reported successfully editing an embryo's DNA.

Debate Flares Over Genetically Modified Embryos

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.24.2015 | Science

Are scientists playing with fire? That's suddenly a big question for bioethicists, now that researchers in China have confirmed that they genetical...

Genetic Engineering of Food Is Not the Answer

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

In January 2001, I went to California's Monterey coast for the Asilomar ecological conference. About 300 people met in Watsonville to take a bus tour through farms in the prosperous Pajaro Valley near Watsonville.

Polio, Cancer - One Nemesis May Counter the Other

Joseph Cooper | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

For those of us who were spared by fate and vaccine, Philip Roth's Nemesis charts polio's course and brings to mind the friends and neighbors who suffered the withering and the life-long incarceration of limbs.

GMO Science Deniers: Monsanto and the USDA

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Andrew Kimbrell

Perhaps no group of science deniers has been more ridiculed than those who deny the science of evolution. What you may not know is that Monsanto and our United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are among them.

Deceptive Labeling of a Radical Embryo Construction Technique

Stuart A. Newman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Science
Stuart A. Newman

A kind of omertà among scientists and bioethicists has prevented a significant number of them from representing to the HFEA and FDA, and the press, the gravity of these alterations. But the health implications and the eugenic outcomes these procedures would enable are too great to ignore.

Food Fight Over GMO Labeling: Colorado Proposition 105 and Oregon Proposition 92

Michele Swenson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Much purposeful confusion and obfuscation is being generated by big agribusiness and the biotech industry that oppose labeling Genetically Modified (GM) or Genetically Engineered (GE) foods.

Dow Chemical and Monsanto Are At It Again as EPA and USDA Approve "Agent Orange" Crops

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
Andrew Kimbrell

Agent Orange was primarily manufactured by Dow Chemical and Monsanto, and these two companies are at it again. This time, they've teamed up to unleash a mixture of their chemical herbicides on the American farmland.