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Adding to a prolific career of scientific writing, the psychologist and geneticist Robert Plomin has produced an extremely readable and interesting book about the role of genetics in our lives. Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are is part scientific memoir, part summary of the current state of the art of behavior genetics, and part introduction of the field to the layperson. Read More

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  • Navy Seeking New Robot Ships

    August 19, 2019

    The US Navy is seeking proposals from industry to design and build what would be the world’s largest robot warship, with plans to build 10 of them in five years. Among intended uses, they will serve as advance scouts for the main battle fleet or carry modular payloads of backup missiles to bolster the fleet’s firepower. The innovative ships represent what a security analyst described in Issues as a new generation of surface and underwater robotic vessels designed to meet changing maritime warfare challenges.

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    August 14, 2019

    An international commission has launched a new effort to develop detailed, practical, and unambiguous guidance on what should or should not be done when it comes to editing the genes of humans in a way that future offspring would inherit, in response to gaps and uncertainties in previous reports and guidelines. Following an early broad look at human gene editing, Issues recently examined some of the areas—such as how to engage society in discussions, discourage rogue researchers, and acknowledge religious beliefs—that could benefit from further consideration.

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