How we can teach so many of the complicated nuances of genetics to laypeople, clergy, students, and others who may be new to the big debates?
Stefanie West Leacock is a graduate of Florida State University and received her PhD in Genetics from Yale University in 2006. She has studied genetics in several model organisms, including the roundworm C. elegans and the zebrafish Danio rerio. The power of using model organisms to dissect relationships between genotypes and phenotypes is what inspired her as a graduate student. Stefanie grew up attending church, primarily in the Lutheran tradition. She experiences a sense of wonder in both spiritual life and biological discovery. Stefanie currently lives and teaches genetics in Austin, Texas. She is married to an Episcopal priest and they have two children.
How will our knowledge of the DNA-building process and our efforts to replicate it through technologies like the CRISPR system change our sense of self and the society around us?
Can religion — as a source of creative meaning — “inoculate” us against the fears that naturally arise?
Questions of “wonder” can spark tremendous creativity.