In The Century of Biology, noted bioethicist R. Alta Charo ponders the ever-shifting interrelationship between humans and nature. The power of CRISPR and genome editing fundamentally reshapes the realm of the possible, as humans can manipulate life with precision on the molecular level. What we will do with this power is a question that far exceeds the limits of biology and touches on what kind of future we hope for, or fear.
R. Alta Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor Emerita of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She recently completed service as the inaugural David A. Hamburg Fellow on the biosecurity team at the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington DC. She is now lead co-chair of the 4S (safety, security, sustainability… Continue Reading