Content on Are We More Than Our Genes?
Has nature endowed us with a capacity for altruism? Should we be allowed to determine our children’s eye color? What happens when humans can easily “play God”?
These are a few of the questions that this Sinai and Synapses Discussion Forum explores.
The Family Gene
When it comes to rare diseases, it’s the loneliness that gets you. But there are many more stories just like ours.
God’s Genome, Our Selves
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?
A Conversation with a Mormon Biotechnician
A Mormon biotechnician asks, “Does the physical body explain everything about who we are?”
Genetic Knowledge Explains. It Doesn’t Predict.
What can we really predict about human behavior in light of increasing knowledge from genetics?
Knowing What, Knowing Why, Knowing How
Science is complex. But once we have a better understanding of the latest science, we can use that knowledge to inform public policy more effectively.
This Week in Genetics and Religion – 6/30/15
Why DNA evidence is not so precise, the neuroscience of belief, and a thought experiment about immortal atheists — here’s what’s new in genetics and religion this week.
This Week in Genetics and Religion – 6/23/15
Using genes to identify children with learning disabilities, what it means for humans to be “99% chimp,” and why Caitlyn Jenner angered fundamentalists — here’s what’s new in genetics and religion this week.
How Our Choices Change Our DNA
With new discoveries in epigenetics — how our environment affects our DNA — how much control do we have over our own choices?
This Week in Genetics and Religion – 6/15/15
Whether GMO’s are kosher, Morgan Freeman’s new documentary on God and the brain, and how toddlers learn right from wrong — here’s what’s new in genetics and religion this week.
Knowledge is Power… Especially When We Feel Powerless
We are gaining more and more knowledge about the intricacies of genetic information. But if knowledge is power, how should we use this power? How much does it help us and how much might it harm us?
Animals Evolve. People Evolve. Can Groups Evolve?
If evolution only involves discrete entities replicating themselves with high fidelity, then group-level selection probably doesn’t happen. But not everybody agrees that this is the litmus test for evolution.
This Week in Genetics and Religion – 6/8/15
How parents’ lives affect their descendants’ DNA, why some emotions are hardwired, and a new way to think about the evolutionary history of humans — here’s what’s new in genetics and religion this week.