The gene editing technology notoriously known as CRISPR/Cas9 has gained vast attention after the Chinese scientist He Jiankui claimed he had, for the first time ever, created gene-edited twins. While He has received negative criticism for his work amongst the scientific community, many believe the world can benefit from this powerful technology. He Jiankui has decided that the world is ready for germline gene editing, but does the rest of the world feel the same? Continue reading “Is the world ready for CRISPR babies?”
Many researchers assume that the pain animals feel scales with size, or at least that animals are either partially conscious or completely unconscious of the pain they are suffering. But is the idea that pain scales with size actually true? Continue reading “Do humans feel more pain than animals?”
The alarming rise of measles across Europe and the US has health officials scrambling to contain the damage of what is being called the worst outbreak of the 21st century – the anti-vaxxer epidemic. Vaccines have become a victim of their own success, and the mistrust in their use demands a global effort to understand what has caused this behavioral shift, and resulted in a society wanting to take one step backwards rather than a leap forward. Continue reading “The rise of the 21st century anti-vaxxer epidemic”
What would happen to our culture, if humanity met a global extinction? Experimental Canadian poet Christian Bök opens new horizons for making DNA a durable storage system for our knowledge. Continue reading “A long-term viable way to store poetry”
Antibiotics have become a daily part of our lives. According to the World Health Organization “Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today”. Antibiotics have clearly become a double-edged sword and there is now a great need to raise awareness on the beneficial roles of bacteria and highlight alternative strategies to fight back against antibiotic resistance.