"With great power comes great responsibility" is a quote that has been attributed to a range of people from Voltaire, to FDR to a comic book superhero. As we continue our look at CRISPR technology and gene editing, it doesn't really matter who said it - scientists and researchers are being cautioned to take it to heart.
The relatively basic and off-the-shelf technology can manipulate an organism's genetic code to fix mutations, or alter DNA in an organism for generations to follow. A team of researchers in China
have already experimented with a (non-viable) human embryo which resulted in many scientists calling for a moratorium on gene editing in embryos because of the potential of the technology.
Freelance broadcaster Don Hill looked at the technical side of gene editing earlier
and now turns his sights on the ethical issues raised by gene editing technology and its capacity to fix, alter, or disrupt the genetic blueprint of living organisms.
He talks with Andrew MacMillan Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta, and David Goa, Director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life. The podcast
runs about 10 minutes and offers a good perspective on what may well be "the biology of the 21st century".