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    Erik Parens

    • Gene Editing, “Cultural Harms,” and Oversight Mechanisms

      Posted on May 4, 2017

      Is it reasonable to hope that concerns about “cultural harms” can be integrated into oversight mechanisms for technologies like gene editing? That question was raised anew for me by the recent National Academy of Sciences report on human genome editing and at a recent conference at Harvard on the international governance of genome editing technologies.… Read more

    • A Decade’s Worth of Gene-Environment Interaction Studies, in Hindsight

      Posted on April 23, 2014

      In the early 2000s, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie Moffitt, and their colleagues published two papers (here and here), which suggested that we could finally begin to tell rather simple but evidence-based stories about how genetic and environmental variables interact to influence the emergence of complex phenotypes. It’s hard to exaggerate the level of interest those papers generated. According… Read more

    • Taking People at Their Word

      Posted on May 25, 2006

      When I was a student, I loved to read Freud and Nietzsche and Marx. I was into what the great French philosopher Paul Ricoeur called “the hermeneutics of suspicion.” Sex, power, and money were at work everywhere. So were the psychological and social mechanisms that kept everybody else from seeing beneath the surface: “rationalization,” “denial,”… Read more

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