Ep #44 – Designing Children

Listen up Mudbloods!  There is a new morally dubious technique to genetically modify embryos, and spoiler: it doesn’t work well.  Raj explains how the CRISPR/Cas9 method of editing the genetic code fails harder than the fences at Jurassic Park.  Jono hopes the future genetically pure race of super humans will be smart enough to understand this process, and realize it’s a bad idea.  Joe sides with the Goldblum philosophy: “life finds a way.”

The paper: “CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing in human tripronuclear zygotes” (Liang et al., 2015)

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