Episode 08: Editing Genes, Summer Reading, & Soylent

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In episode 08, we talked to Joshua, an incoming Georgetown medical student and aspiring biotechnologist with a diverse array of interests.

First we discussed the new gene editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 that Chinese scientists recently used to edit the DNA of human embryos (to the chagrin and backlash of the majority of the global scientific community). If you want to learn more about this issue, check out this MIT videoNPR story, and Nature article. During our discussion, Joshua mentioned Martin Luther King Jr.'s sermon entitled "The  Acceptable Year of Our Lord," which you can read here. Sally mentioned this Huffington Post blog post about government regulation of science. 

We also shared some of the books on our summer reading lists. See all the titles and corresponding authors below:

And if you want to learn more about Soylent--or you want to buy some and try it yourself!--visit their website. If you want to read more about the ethics of eating, we recommend bioethicist Leon Kass' book The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature.