Walter Isaacson, Author & Historian

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - Mr. Isaacson introduces us to the new technological frontier of CRISPR, the science of editing the human genome.

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Through his work as an author, Walter Isaacson has exposed us to the lives of Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Benjamin Franklin and has educated us on the science and technology breakthroughs that have occurred over the last 50 years. Today, Mr. Isaacson introduces us to the new technological frontier of CRISPR, the science of editing the human genome to elaborate or erase certain genetic traits. It’s a fascinating new field that paints an intriguing future without cancer or disease. But it’s also one that raises many moral and ethical questions about how much power the human race can have over their biological futures.

It appears as if some new technologies are coming whether we choose to adopt them at our pace, or they are thrust upon us out of their demand. It’s easy to see how technologies like CRISPR could one day be used to cure some of our most hard to beat diseases. But, our brilliant innovators will constantly encounter out of date laws and legislation not built for this future, as we heard about HIPAA. We need leaders who are willing to craft difficult but effective legislation that doesn’t pander to ideology. Our future inventions will only become more complex.

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