One Man’s Plan to Make Sure Gene Editing Doesn’t Go Haywire
July 11, 2017
(The Atlantic) – The innovative strategy is a testament to the power of CRISPR, but Esvelt’s really big idea isn’t about tinkering with genes. Instead, he wants to edit the scientific enterprise itself. He argues that scientists are too used to working behind closed doors, and too ineffective at anticipating the consequences of their research—and the consequences, in an age where biotechnology allows us to dramatically alter the world around us, could be catastrophic. The only solution is a kind of radical transparency, which Esvelt is practicing in Nantucket.