FROM Kelly Ormond
How far are we from genetically-modified people? Medical researchers are a step closer to fulfilling the promise of preventing disease — not just for living individuals, but for generations to come. Scientists have successfully edited a gene that causes an inherited disease in a human embryo. Will Huntington's, Tay-Sachs, some breast and ovarian cancers — even early-onset Alzheimer's -- disappear for those who have the resources? So far, research is confined to the laboratory, but it's raised hope about eliminating human suffering despite questions about unintended consequences.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.