When Dolly – the first cloned sheep – was created, there was a major controversy over the ethics of cloning. Should humans play God? Can we clone humans too just like we could clone sheep? What if we create monsters? It has been many years and since then, there have been technologies that can do more or better. CRISPR is a new technology which can alter a strip of DNA. It can have several beneficial applications such as correcting -related disorders. It might take years or decades for researchers to use CRISPR for creating designer babies such as ones with higher IQ, perfect vision, or superior physique. However, the flipside is the damage that can happen if CRISPR alters other parts of DNA and the ethics of using such a technology (should we really alter human beings?). Therefore, there must be regulations. And in spite of the drawbacks, the author argues why such a technology must still be used.
Coming first feels like such a big achievement. Getting the next position, no matter in how difficult an activity or a pursuit, can leave pangs of regret or failure. In cut throat competition especially in scientific research, there are prizes for only the first one. If one loses in the race, the funds can be cut off or years of research might seem like a big waste. It should be then quite crushing to realize that one has been beaten in a race to the first position. Pleasantly, that wasn’t the case when two famous geneticists Francis Crick and Sydney Brenner discovered that what they were trying to decipher – how are genes coded – for more than eight years was found by someone else. Their response was joy rather than disappointment and reflected their splendid attitude as Brenner explained – “…then we could get on with more important problems”.
What happens when a shining but conceited Nobel Laureate who has had a distinguished career as a brilliant scientist working on cancer and genetics, makes racist and sexist remarks time and again dismissing groups of people (women, obese individuals, fellow scientists or black people) as inferior? What happens when this co-discoverer of the double-helical structure of DNA sticks out his tongue to the scientific community when the community shuns him? Well then, James Watson decides to sell his Nobel Medallion and obviously he is criticized for his act:
The Intersection of Math and Music
Honestly, I don’t understand the mathematics part (or the music aspect) of this article much. However, it is interesting to note that tuning a piano is difficult because of the math involved.