Forum Posts by
Carolyn P. Neuhaus
- Should We Edit the Human Germline? Is Consensus Possible or Even Desirable?
Posted on December 4, 2018
I started writing this on my way back to New York from the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong November 27 to 29, where the breaking news of the alleged world’s first birth of genetically edited babies loomed large. The surprising news both reinforced and undercut the summit’s goal to… Read more
- The Only PhD Scientist in Congress Speaks About Truth, Politics, and Human Flourishing
Posted on June 11, 2018
At a time when facts are distorted, disregarded, and ignored in policy making and political discourse, the need in Washington for seekers and defenders of truth has perhaps never been greater. I discussed the state of affairs with Representative Bill Foster, a Democrat from Illinois who prides himself on being the only PhD scientist currently… Read more
- Is it Ethical for Scientists to Create Nonhuman Primates with Brain Disorders?
Posted on September 25, 2017
In early 2016, Nature published a letter from a group of Chinese researchers reporting that they had created rhesus macaques with “autism-like” behaviors. The macaque was bred with a mutation in the MeCP2 gene. Overexpression of MeCP2 is found in MeCP2 duplication syndrome, a disorder that shares many of its core symptoms with autism spectrum… Read more