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A new method for editing DNA is faster, easier and cheaper than ever. It promises breakthroughs in fighting disease and creating drought and fungus resistant crops ­­ but also raises the specter of mutant species, designer babies and other sci-­fi like scenarios. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores genome editing, what it means for your food, your kids and the future.

Also, Turkey launches airstrikes against ISIS Targets in Syria. On today's Talking Point, in other ethics and science news,­­ the Lance Armstrongs of video gaming. Electronic sports are now so mainstream they’re starting an anti­doping program.

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Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Christine Detz
Sasa Woodruff

Turkey Launches Airstrikes against ISIS Targets in Syria 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Early this morning Turkish fighter jets struck several command centers for the Islamic State in nearby Syria. It's Turkey's first direct engagement in the fight against ISIS, after years of resistance despite criticism from its NATO allies. In another diplomatic change, Turkey has also given permission for US warplanes to use two Turkish bases to target ISIS in Syria, as we hear from Liz Sly, Beirut bureau chief for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Liz Sly, Washington Post (@lizsly)

Editing Your DNA: The Promises and the Risks 33 MIN, 36 SEC

Ever since scientists discovered they could tamper with genetic material, people have questioned whether the technology is too powerful and too dangerous to unleash on the world. Now, just in the last three years, new methods of DNA engineering are so precise, so fast, and so inexpensive, that it’s bringing this technology within reach of more scientists and entrepreneurs than ever before. Given the fraught debate over genetically modified foods, how will society deal with the sci-fi -- like prospects of species-specific bio-weapons, invasive mutant crops, or enhancing genes for qualities like beauty and intelligence?

Guests:
Adam Rogers, Wired (@jetjocko)
Lee Silver, Princeton University / GenePeeks (@GenePeeks)
Sheldon Krimsky, Tufts University (@TuftsUEP)

More:
Wired on 'the genesis engine,' DNA editing that will remake the world
Nature on Chinese scientists genetically modifying human embryos

Crackdown on Drug Use in E-Game Tournaments 9 MIN, 45 SEC

It's not a sport until you have to test for performance enhancing drugs. Anti-doping policy comes to competitive video gaming.  Cycling has Lance Armstrong, baseball A­Rod. Now the sport many of you likely have never seen has its own poster child for doping; his name is Kory Friesen and the sport is competitive video gaming. Electronic sports has a performance-enhancing drug problem, and now they have an anti­doping program to go with it.


Championship series 'League of Legends' play-off in Turkey, 2013
Photo: Mamadou278

Guests:
Nick Wingfield, New York Times (@nickwingfield)
Trevor Schmidt, Electronic Sports League (@ESL)

More:
Wingfield on drug testing and e-sports
Electronic Sports League-NADA anti-doping initiative

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