Are Gene-Edited Designer Babies on the Horizon?
Hacking the DNA of babies? Only in the world of science fiction or on the big screen have we seen such horrifying scenarios. But what about a future world of designer babies created from hacked or gene-edited embryos? Might they someday become the norm? Recent news of the world’s first designer babies was met with […]
A Tale of Two Ticks: Near Death in a Far Land
Two ticks, one in Rhode Island, the other in Central India, injected and infected me with the most vicious of microbial beasts. “What’s the probability of that?” you might ask. How could two ticks, nearly 8,000 miles apart, find me so irresistible? Is it the spicy flavor of my Sicilian blood from too much puttanesca? […]
DNA Pollution: Genes Gone Wild
Let’s keep this simple. This is not a lesson on DNA. You know that DNA is the stuff that makes up your genes, your “blueprint” that makes you uniquely you. So this may come as a surprise to you, but DNA can be a pollutant too. DNA pollution happens when genes, usually those not found […]
Family of None
“Why would I want a mini-me?” she asks, annoyed at the suggestion that someday she might want to have kids. “No way do I want offspring. Isn’t one of me enough?” She swears she will not change her mind. “Hell no, I won’t come to regret this decision.” How can she convince her doctor that […]