Episode 08 - "A Better You?"

Genome engineering, CRISPR-Cas9, gene drives, designer babies, and so much more. Recent breakthroughs have given us the tools and techniques to alter the genetic code of living things around us and even dabble in playing with the very DNA that makes us human. But as the speed of these technological advancements accelerates, we have to ask, "Are we ready?" This week we explore all this and more in "A Better You?" - an in depth look at gene editing and what this means for us today and the very near future.

If you want to skip straight to good the stuff and avoid the science talk, jump to 19 minutes.

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Chapters

  • 00:00:50 Brief History of Gene Therapy
  • 00:05:19 What is CRISPR?
  • 00:08:21 2012 Cas9 Breakthrough
  • 00:09:51 Benefits of CRISPR
  • 00:19:18 Biohacking
  • 00:33:27 Combining Tracking with Genetic Data
  • 00:36:07 Gene Drives
  • 00:44:10 Designer Babies
  • 00:48:09 Unintended Consequences
  • 00:49:50 Lack of Biodiversity
  • 00:51:39 Social Conformity, Inequality, and Stratification in Society (and Sports)
  • 00:57:09 Adapting to Underlying Societal Flaws
  • 01:02:58 What Could Have Been
  • 01:04:17 What Can We Do?

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Credits

Daniel Forkner & David Torcivia

Special Thanks:

Michael Torcivia

Published 25-01-2018 03:01