Summit on Human Gene Editing

Every issue explores cutting-edge developments in technology, medicine, education, climate change, and much more. Articles provide in-depth analyses of science and technology’s impact on public policy, the economy, and society—bringing today’s best minds to bear on tomorrow’s most critical topics.

Editor's Journal

  • Responding to CRISPR/Cas9

    The prospect of influencing the course of human evolution through technological intervention has been thought about for a long time, but usually in an abstract or theoretical way. But that possibility has… Read More


  • Forum

    Purposeful science In “Fact Check: Scientific Research in the National Interest Act” (Issues, Winter 2016), Congressman Lamar Smith critiques the concerns presented by Democrats, scientists, and a number of social science associations… Read More

From the Hill

  • From the Hill

    Congress advances spending bills for NSF, NASA, Energy, and USDA In mid-May, the House Appropriations Committee approved FY 2017 spending bills covering the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture,… Read More



Book Reviews

  • Eclipse of Man Book Cover

    Posthumans’ Inhumanity to Man

    Posthumans’ Inhumanity to Man In 1963, when the still-new science of molecular biology was reaping its first big harvest, the great bacterial geneticist Joshua Lederberg looked ahead to what the field might… Read More
  • Radical by Design

    The term “Big Science” is attributed to Alvin Weinberg, the former head of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Clinton Laboratories, ORNL’s original name during the Manhattan Project, had produced materials… Read More
  • Geiser - Chemicals Without Harm

    Chemical Solutions

    Ken Geiser, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and founder of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, has written another excellent book, Chemicals Without Harm: Policies for a Sustainable World,… Read More
  • Internet of Things book cover by Samuel Greengard

    A Tangled Web

    The Internet certainly seemed a good idea at the time. What’s wrong with linking top academics through their computers so they can share big thoughts? And in these democratic times, extending those… Read More
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