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We have a lot going on today. Here’s what’s on tap.
How Crispr can solve problems, and create new ones
Before Crispr upends entire industries and fields of learning, it’s taking some small steps into the marketplace. In one case, an entrepreneur is working on a Crispr-designed probiotic that will help our bodies process more alcohol, more quickly—possibly eliminating our hangovers after a long night at the bar.
But more complicated and troubling applications are also near. In an essay, our field guide writer, Rowan Jacobsen, looks at the seemingly inevitable world of designer babies. As we gain more capabilities to screen and even select genetically driven traits, where are the boundaries? Putting our heads in the sand is not an option, Jacobsen argues—we need to accept the reality that we are at the verge of having new and powerful tools, and find ways to sensibly guide their development.
Join our Davos conference call
We’ll be hosting a conference call with Quartz editor in chief Kevin Delaney, who’s attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The annual meeting of world leaders and other captains of industry is happening in the shadow of Brexit, trade tensions, and market volatility. Kevin will join us live at 11am ET for a half hour to take your questions and discuss what’s being talked about on the slopes and in the chalets. To join the call, go here, or call +1 888 240 2560 and enter meeting code 722 994 440.
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