Hard Questions for Humans.

Author:Pedigo, Jack
Position:Letters - Letter to the editor
 
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In his review of A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer Doudna and Samuel Sternberg (N/D 2017), reviewer Carl Coon discusses some positive and negative effects of the gene editing technology CRISPR. One thing CRISPR can't control is human behavior and our impact on the planet. One serious question not asked is: If this technology allows for more humans to lead longer and disease-free lives, what impact would that have on our numbers and, thereby, our carbon footprint? If rules were set up limiting the progeny of those who would...

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