What do you think about synthetic biology?
What about altering a baby’s genes?
You likely had a stronger reaction to the second question. But do you know how the two are related?
Emerging technologies like synthetic biology are all around us and at varying degrees of development and dissemination. Their applications are being tested, products are being built, data is being collected. But by and for who?
Some instances of scientists or technologists going too far or misusing technology reach the mainstream media and make headlines. That’s probably why you’ve heard of gene-edited “CRISPR babies.”