Human Genome Editing: A Slippery Slope

By: Alissa Zhang On January 14, 2016, the Human Fertilization & Embryology Authority (HFEA) approved a research license renewal for research project R0162. The application, submitted by Dr. Kathy Niakan of the Francis Crick Institute in London, proposed to study the roles of certain genes in the early development of human embryos, with promising potentialContinue reading “Human Genome Editing: A Slippery Slope”

The Virus that Came In From the Cold

by Alissa Zhang Are you a fan of post-apocalyptic movies? Have you watched The Day After Tomorrow? I Am Legend? Or Contagion? Sometimes, real life is almost as strange as fiction, as recently global warming has led to the discovery of a giant virus frozen for the past 30,000 years in the Siberian permafrost. WhileContinue reading “The Virus that Came In From the Cold”