Genes and Society in the News:
- Mass. Bio. has planned a meeting on August 1 for the discussion of “Ethics of the Commercialization of Crispr“. The Broad Institute has announced that they would not let use of Crispr for agriculture opr germ line.
- A Tennessee Judge orders vasectomies for male prisoners and a 30-day implant on women prisoners. Old-fashioned eugenics, but since our meeting, with the ACLU criticism, the judge has backed down.
- John McWhorter article in the National Review saying race is meaningless
- Ken Richardson has written a book called “Genes, Brains and Human Potential: The Science
and Ideology of Intelligence, ” which is a strong critique of genetic determinism.
- Kostas Kampourakis has also written a book (Cambridge Press) titled “Making Sense of Genes.” Not yet reviewed by a member of this group
Discussion on omnigenetics
- We continued discussion of “omnigenic” traits.
- The proposal of Pritchard and coworkers that screening more SNPs etc. and focusing on core genes may lead them to new approaches to curing diseases.
- Alternatively, further exploration of this plus the extraordinary (maybe even increased) complexity may not be successful.
- The group debated this and whether it is worth putting so much money into these proposals given the track record so far of alternative approaches that have received big funding and come up with very little.