Can scientists convince religious groups that genome editing is okay?
One geneticist is seeking allies among the faithful

Religious leaders and bioethicists have debated genome editing for decades, but it’s largely been a theoretical consideration. CRISPR makes once-theoretical notions — say, editing the genomes of embryos — a very real possibility. (Those changes are called “germline” edits and would be passed on to future generations.) It’s a revolution that’s being driven by scientists like famed geneticist and her Harvard Medical School researcher George Church.

anonymous asked:

So what is Lailah holding in her hands? It looks like a test tube, but what is inside of it, and why does she look a little to happy to have it?

Yep, it’s a test tube. She is the angel of conception. It’s hard to tell what’s in the test tube, but, according to her myth, it would be semen. Could also be an embryo based on that small little hooked line right above her left hand.

there goes the ghost chasing pac-man:
the night
encased his life like 
the black embryo
of a pregnant emotion–
two birds with one stoned
mind occupied with the quotients;
moving on the street
like a wave from the ocean;
on the rock
all he did was crash– he don’t play
his shades of gray
were splashed with a color spray;
tagged by the wild youths
bucked from the fray;
tucking the trey; some steel does stain–
true words hit hard
like they phased
into the material plane;
with an anti-material brain
to create utter destruction
then call the nothing something;
cometh bearing dreams of a hunch
based on an assumption;
consume, consume,
you’ll always be loved;
forever isn’t as long as you think.
—  The Ghost Chasing Pac-Man

I KNOW THIS QUOTE IS OLD BUT I STILL LIKE IT anyway i hope you had a merry christmas 

The federal government announced plans Thursday to lift a moratorium on funding of certain controversial experiments that use human stem cells to create animal embryos that are partly human.

The National Institutes of Health is proposing a new policy to permit scientists to get federal money to make embryos, known as chimeras, under certain carefully monitored conditions.

The NIH imposed a moratorium on funding these experiments in September because they could raise ethical concerns.

One issue is that scientists might inadvertently create animals that have partly human brains, endowing them with some semblance of human consciousness or human thinking abilities. Another is that they could develop into animals with human sperm and eggs and breed, producing human embryos or fetuses inside animals or hybrid creatures.

But scientists have argued that they could take steps to prevent those outcomes and that the embryos provide invaluable tools for medical research.

NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryos

Photo: Pablo Ross of the University of California, Davis, inserts human stem cells into a pig embryo as part of experiments to create chimeric embryos. Rob Stein/NPR

Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells : Shots

The achievement is a long-sought step toward harnessing the potential power of such cells to treat diseases. But the discovery raises ethical concerns because it brings researchers closer to cloning humans, and involves creating and then destroying human embryos for research purposes.

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