race and genetics


October 2018 Review with Nathan and Laura: ASHG Does Race, Parents Do Gene Therapy, Unsung Demons

As an election nears, the question of race and genetics has been front and center. It even prompted ASHG to take the unusual step of making a group wide statement. The three of us agree: scientists should talk more about the race question with non-scientists.

Two papers in Tech Review this month show that the world of people buying cures and disease prevention through gene editing isn’t around the corner, it’s here. Now what about those who can’t afford it? One of the papers was written by our very own Laura Hercher.

For the Halloween special, Nathan talks bugs, as in microbes, connecting many of this past month’s Nobel prizes in science to discoveries about bacteria—including the one in medicine.



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