CRISPR Gene Drives: Mosquito Massacre or Malaria Miracle?

The African malaria mosquito is the most dangerous animal on earth, claiming roughly half a million lives each year. In 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria, 90% of which were found in sub-Saharan Africa. Each year, the deadly

Environment & Heath: The Ethics of People and Planet

What comes to mind when you think of intersections between the people and the planet? Maybe you imagine hikes with your family, farming, and sustainable products. Or, perhaps, you picture global warming, extinction, and nuclear power. Regardless of what comes

Synthetic Biology: The Ethics of Creating Artificial Life

After 20 years, a group of scientists led by J. Craig Venter created a new, synthetic life form.  Its name is Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0; its purpose is still being discovered with the hope to use the process of creating the Designer