domingo, 16 de octubre de 2016

BioEdge: The CRISPR cartoon

BioEdge: The CRISPR cartoon

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The CRISPR cartoon
     


Thank you, Andy Warner. Follow this link to a brilliant cartoon explanation of the battle over patenting the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique. For non-scientists this is quite bewildering – the cartoon narrative simplifies it without taking sides. Great work. 
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In the 19th Century a statue of Tanonius Marcellinus, consul of Campania (now the region around Naples) was unearthed in the town of Benevento. It bore a remarkable inscription, one which may be unique in the history of Western Civilization. It described him as a “most worthy patron, on account of the good deeds which rescued the population from endless boredom”.
Boredom -- taedium in Latin -- will soon be a reason to be euthanised in the Netherlands, as we report below. Of course it won’t be a spur of the moment decision. There will be a bit of boring paperwork to fill out first and some boring interviews to be endured, but in the end you get your needle.
It’s hard to understand why Dutch politicians think that this is a good thing. The worthy consul Tanonius Marcellinus was memorialized for rescuing his people from boredom with good deeds, not with lethal injections. Isn’t that the proper role of governments: to foster a society in which people feel glad to be alive? 


Michael Cook
Editor
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