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As Gods: A Moral History of the Genetic Age - Matthew Cobb

Just because we can, does it mean that we should? Technology is developing so fast and enables so many new opportunities, but is there reason to occasionally pause and consider broader implications? Prof. Matthew Cobb is today's guest, and he discusses the history of recombinant DNA techniques and the times where researchers stepped back and had serious conversations about this powerful technology. He then poses the same questions to instances of gene drives, human germline editing and gain-of-function research.

Nov 26, 2022 by Dr. Kevin Folta in Talking Biotech

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The modern era of genetic engineering has opened tremendous opportunities in medicine and agriculture. But who governs when the technology should be applied? Similar questions were asked in the 1970s at the dawn of recombinant DNA technology. In his new book As Gods - A Moral History of the Genetic Age, Prof. Matthew Cobb discusses these watershed moments in molecular biology, and discusses his views on the newest applications in gene drives, human germline gene editing, and gain-of-function research. Purchase at Amazon


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