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The scientist, the twins and the experiment that geneticists say went too far Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 03 December 2018 15:53
 
Helen Regan, Rebecca Wright and Alexandra Field report for CNN on Dec. 1, 2018:  
 
Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced to the world that he successfully used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to modify the DNA of two embryos before birth, essentially creating the world's first genetically modified humans...Editing the DNA of human embryos that go on to deliver has never been done before. And with good reason, scientists say. The technology is still in its infancy and could lead to a multitude of unknown genetic complications later in life. Scientists have reached an understanding that implanting such an embryo is a boundary that shouldn't be crossed until the risks are reduced or eliminated.
 
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Last Updated on Monday, 03 December 2018 16:10
 
Will robots replace doctors? Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 19 November 2018 17:42
 
Charles Dinerstein, MD, MBA, in a November 18, 2018 KevinMD post, states:
 
Among the many recurring topics, this year has been the impact of machine learning in our lives, especially the implications for our future work life. Prophecies range from ubiquitous utopian machine servants to a dystopian ravaging, hollowing out the work and economic standing of the middle and lower classes.
 
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Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2018 18:00
 
Politicians Hop Aboard 'Medicare-For-All' Train Print E-mail
Written by Kaiser Health News   
Friday, 26 October 2018 11:38
 
After decades in the political wilderness, "Medicare-For-All" and single-payer healthcare are suddenly popular. The words appear in political advertisements and are cheered at campaign rallies - even in deep-red states. They are promoted by a growing number of high-profile Democratic candidates, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York and Rep. Beto O'Rourke in Texas.

Republicans are concerned enough that this month President Donald Trump wrote a scathing op-ed essay that portrayed Medicare-For-All as a threat to older people and to American freedom.

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Last Updated on Friday, 26 October 2018 11:51
 
The Pentagon Wants to Weaponize the Human Brain Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 15 October 2018 10:55
 
On Thursday, 10/11/18, The Atlantic posted a fascinating feature article from their print issue coming out next month. A former University of Miami associate professor of biomedical engineering and neuroscience, who now works for the government (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon's R&D department), is quoted in the article:

"I would claim to you that these tools <computers and smart phones> are not so smart. And maybe one of the reasons why they're not so smart is because they're not connected to our brains. Maybe if we could hook those devices into our brains, they could have some idea of what our goals are, what our intent is, and what our frustration is."
 
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Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2018 11:08
 
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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00
 
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