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Universities succeed when they produce thoughtful leaders, not technocrats – Gareth Jones

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 17th, 2016.

The place of humanities in a university raises issues that extend far beyond a single department, argues Emeritus Professor Gareth Jones in the Otago Daily Times. An excerpt (read in full): We need lawyers who understand biomedical science or elements of commerce; we need doctors who have an appreciation of the medical humanities, let alone […]

Human embryo gene editing gets UK go-ahead – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on February 2nd, 2016.

A regulatory body in the UK  has approved the first research application to use new ‘gene editing’ techniques on human embryos. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK’s independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research. The Authority has today approved a proposal for new research, led by […]

‘Crispr’ gene tech a game changer? – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 8th, 2013.

The current front page of UK newspaper The Independent sports an article headlined ‘The Next Genetic Revolution’, exclusively detailing  ‘Crispr’ – a novel technique for editing DNA. This technique, according to the article, could be the key step in developing cures for AIDS, cancer and inherited disorders. But do the facts back up the hype? The […]

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