Scientists May Soon Be Able to Turn Off Pain with Gene Editing: Should They?

The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool could be used to "turn off" pain directly, raising ethical questions for society.

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Eleanor Hildebrandt is a writer and researcher from Seattle. Her work has appeared in the Boston Review and Popular Mechanics. Follow her on Twitter at @ehhilde.
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Five Memorable Animals Who Expanded the Scientific Frontier

Laika, a gene-edited pig, was named in honor of the first living creature to orbit the earth, a stray dog named Laika.

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Three Big Biotech Ideas to Watch in 2020—And Beyond

Body-on-a-chip, prime editing, and gut microbes all are poised to make a big impact in 2020.

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Eleanor Hildebrandt is a writer and researcher from Seattle. Her work has appeared in the Boston Review and Popular Mechanics. Follow her on Twitter at @ehhilde.