The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It (324.0KB)
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January 27, 2012
"Research shows genes influence criminal behavior," proclaims a January 25 news release, setting my genetic determinism detector on high alert.
I flashed back to the cover of the May 18, 1970 Newsweek, “Congenital Criminals?” which probed the work of Patricia Jacobs. Here’s what my human genetics textbook says on the study provoking the 1970 headline: (more…)
January 21, 2012
January 18, 2012
In late 2011, creation of a lab strain of of H5N1 influenza capable of spreading easily among ferrets, and presumably us, sparked heated debate about whether and when to publish scientific research that could do harm. The same could be said for gene doping.
January 11, 2012
The genetic code is the correspondence between a unit of DNA (more…)
January 10, 2012
January 4, 2012
I just unearthed an article from the December 1990 issue of Biology Digest, "Gene Therapy." I wrote it a mere two months after the very first gene therapy experiment, the much-publicized case of 4-year-old Ashi DeSilva, (more…)