A Scientist’s Mission: Talking Genetics With Everybody

A Scientist’s Mission: Talking Genetics With Everybody

Informed public discussion of genetics and its ethical dilemmas is more urgent than ever, says Ting Wu

By Amy Dockser Marcus

Feb. 23, 2018 1:50 p.m. ET

Ting Wu, a professor at Harvard Medical School, fields lots of questions at the public meetings and workshops that she helps to run on recent advances in genetics. Should scientists, for example, have the right to run experiments that create heritable genetic changes in embryos, sperm or eggs? Or, is it too risky to the environment to use genetic technology to try to eradicate a species of disease-carrying mosquito?

Dr. Wu is eager to help non-scientists understand the complexities—and to hear their concerns.

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Ting studies an early draft of ANYA, which she liked to think of as “Humans Among Humans.” Photo by Jacob Okada.

Ting studies an early draft of ANYA, which she liked to think of as “Humans Among Humans.” Photo by Jacob Okada.

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