Genes and Society in the News:
- “Crispee”– Gene Editing for early childhood. Crispr/Cas9 technology for 5 to 8 year olds. This is an extracurricular program for a fee.
- Jan 3, 2019. Ken Richardson. It’s the end of the gene as we know it. We are not nearly as determined by our genes as once thought.
- January 2019. Krimsky, Sheldon. Ten ways in which He Jiankui violated ethics. Nature Biotechnology Vol 37 Number 1. Pp. 19-20.
- People are suggesting CCR5 gene as a good spot to go in to add a normal version of another gene for therapy. Won’t be in all cells and it is a target with a strong promotor.
- Hospital that Jiankui had approval signature from claiming they have no knowledge of the form.
- Rosenberg et al. Commentary on polygenic scores.
- Twitter threads from Michael D. Edge (a coauthor) explain the problems with polygenic scores and application to new populations. Edge claims his responses to his twitter commentary often brought up the genes ”race” and intelligence questions—with some who seem convinced that there will be polygenic score differences between groups.
- December 5, 2018. Ancestral origin of Apo ε4 Alzheimer disease risk in Puerto Rican and African American populations. PLOS Genetics.
- Reduced effect on Alzheimer’s if the nearby region to the Apoe4 allele is of African origin.
- American Masters: Decoding Watson. DNA: The Greatest Story Ever Told.
- January 1, 2019. Amy Harmon. NY Times. James Watson had a chance to salvage his reputation on race. He made things worse.
- Watson has gone back to his racist views on intelligence after an apology which he made following similar statements in 2007
- January 11, 2019. Amy Harmon. NY Times. Lab Severs Ties with James Watson, Citing ‘Unsubstantiated and Reckless’ Remarks
- Dec. 13. 2018. Benedict Carey. NY Times. Mapping the Brain’s Genetic Landscape. Scientists have taken a step toward building a computer model of the brain’s genome, one that may help clarify the genetic roots of schizophrenia, autism and other disorders.
Article for Discussion:
- This post argues that creationism is no longer the biggest issue for evolutionary science. Instead, one must confront the racist, sexist and other harmful believes, that has been imparted intentionally (or not) to evolutionary science along with and related to genetic determinism.
- The question was raised as to what Dunsworth means by and distinguishes between Genetic Determinism and Genetic Essentialism (perhaps broader)
- This article provides references and educational resources and promotes collaboration between scientists and social scientists to address these concerns in all disciplines, even when the topic is not specifically human evolution. As we see with Brian Donovan’s studies, there is a lot of preconceived notions and people will take non-human examples and see the human parallels.