Find out what’s happening in Science & Society around the world. Discover changes to science policy and law, new scientific study results, Supreme Court rulings, debates about nature versus nurture, and news about the sharing of genetic information.
From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits genomes — snipping DNA — creates an unholy mess: Cellular repairmen frantically try to fix the cuts by throwing random chunks of DNA into the breach and deleting other random bits.
And other unanswered questions about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new plan to reunite migrants separated at the border.
New ethical principles restrict the work of Google’s AI scientists on military projects, but key questions about the technology industry and the future of war remain unanswered.
A small study reveals how some people who use home genetic testing kits to unlock the mysteries of their ancestry tend to “cherry pick” the results, relying on preconceived biases to embrace some of the findings while disregarding others.
Sara Katsanis, Duke researcher and S&S instructor, comments on the separation of immigrant families at the US/Mexican border. “Not only is there no justification for taking children away from their families, but there’s a responsible way to vet family members and trace migrants arriving at the U.S. border.”