The US Has Officially Started Using CRISPR on Humans

On Monday, a University of Pennsylvania spokesperson confirmed to NPR that the institution’s researchers have officially started using CRISPR on humans — marking a national first that could lead to a more widespread use of the technology in the future. Thus far, CRISPR has been used to treat two cancer patients, both of whom had relapsed after traditional cancer treatment.

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A heads up about the course

I will often ask you to share your response to an assignment with the other participants, to encourage discussion, and I will also ask you to introduce yourself.

If you prefer to do this anonymously, may I suggest that you use an e-mail address/identity that makes you unrecognizable to others?

(You may have to create a separate second Udemy account to do that.)

The course will go live very soon, within one to two business days. It’s been approved, but I had to take care of two “housekeeping” issues first.

“We don’t have any recommended improvements at this time. Nicely done.” was the feedback from Udemy.

Inspiring videos

Below is a list of other videos on bioethics-related topics that are worth watching.

Anholt, Simon. Which country does the most good for the world?

Bohorquez, Diego. How does our gut talk to our brain?

Bregman, Rutger. Poverty isn’t a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash.

Cohen, Glenn. Are There Non-human Persons? Are There Non-person Humans?

Doudna, Jennifer. We can now edit our DNA but let’s do it wisely.

Enriquez, Juan. We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely.

Fallon, James. The Moth: Confessions of a Pro-Social Psychopath.

Feldman-Barrett, Lisa You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions — your brain creates them.

Generous, Alix. How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger’s.

Grandin, Temple. The world needs all kinds of minds.

Jegede, Faith. What I’ve learned from my autistic brothers.

Jorgenson, Ellen. What you need to know about CRISPR.

Kahn, Jennifer. Gene editing can now change an entire species forever.

King, Rosie. How autism freed me to be myself.

Knoepfler, Paul. The ethical dilemma of designer babies.

Lanier, Heather. “Good” and “bad” are incomplete stories we tell ourselves

Marsh, Abigail. Why some people are more altruistic than others.

McGonigal, Jane. Gaming can make a better world.

McGonigal, Kelly. How to make stress your friend.

Ockelford, Adam. Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford in the key of genius.

Piff, Paul. Does money make you mean?

Robinson, Ken. Schools kill creativity.

Rosling, Hans. Let my dataset change your mindset.

Savulescu, Julian. The Perfect Human Being Series E01 – on human enhancement.

Solomon, Andrew. Love, no matter what.

Wilkinson, Richard. How economic inequality harms societies.