FROM Paul Knoepfler
Gene Editing If we have the ability to make “designer babies,” should we? We might be able to overcome gene-related diseases, like Huntington’s disease, Down syndrome and even cancer. We could also potentially improve intelligence or make our baby taller or choose an eye color. With a new technology called CRISPR, this question is becoming more and more of a reality. Until now, changing the genetic code of any living thing to create a genetically modified organism – or GMO – has required years of work using million-dollar technology in high-end research labs. But CRISPR is cheap, fast and relatively easy to use. In other words, it’s a game changer.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.