Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Vector Calculus is Out: Nature Reviews—Genetics Article

As per usual when an article has moved into the post-galley stage, on Monday I woke to a string of friendly reprint requests mainly from Eastern European researches lacking good library facilities.  I guess that means my review on the ethics of gene transfer has been published in Nature Reviews—Genetics.  In it (the editors rejected my preferred title, "Vector Calculus"), I argue that despite numerous advances, researchers and policy makers continue to confront unresolved ethical and policy issues around gene transfer— among them a series of questions about research ethics, licensure of novel interventions, enhancement of human traits, and genetic modification of tissues that will be passed to progeny.  I hope the review does justice to the complexity of the field, as well as the ethical issues associated with it. (photo credit: Nature Publishing Co.)

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