“How can you not be excited about the possibility of getting rid of the worst scourges of humanity?”
In a remarkable podcast on National Public Radio, Michael Specter is interviewed about his recent article in the New Yorker, Rewriting the Code of Life. His discussion of the gene editing tool CRISPR and gene drives is a brilliant piece of science communication that touches on the enormous potential of these new techniques.
Could malaria, dengue, Lyme and other diseases be eliminated? It now seems possible, and is surely worth pursuing, along with attendant precautions in working on life altering technologies. And what if these technologies could be used to enable pig organs to be used for transplants to humans in less than a decade from now? Or for enabling our own cells to specifically target cancer tumors?
Mother and child with malaria, Niger. National Geographic Photo Gallery: Malaria