Crixeo: Should Science Edit out Genetic Disorders?

*This post is excerpted from an article that I wrote for Crixeo.  Scientists have successfully modified the DNA of a human embryo to erase a genetic and lethal heart condition. The experiment, published August 2 in the journal Nature, used a tool known as CRISPR, or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, and was the first to successfully “correct” a gene mutation in human embryos. Reactions to this news range from excitement to horror. Soon we could have the technology to help parents who carry genes for genetic disorders to conceive children free of those traits. But should we?

My New Year’s Resolutions

It's that time of year again! After a long holiday season of celebrations and indulging in way too much good food and libations, we take down the tree, pack up the decorations, and spend a week checking the dog's poop for that roll of tape we lost on Christmas Eve. Oh, and resolutions! I'm pretty … Continue reading My New Year’s Resolutions

Seven Things I Learned From Swimming Laps Today

I swam laps today for the first time since Raymond was born. He's 2 1/2 now. I used to swim 3-4 times a week when I was pregnant. I do work out fairly frequently, but for some reason I let the swimming go. But swimming is good for you, and I needed some variety, so … Continue reading Seven Things I Learned From Swimming Laps Today

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