Siddhartha Mukherjee of Columbia University Medical Center discusses the state of the art in genomics and gene editing, and poses questions around how we ought to approach making policies to guide our actions regarding these opportunities. According to Mukherjee, we should want a moment of frank and clear communication about the benefits and risks of such interventions. Despite major advances in understanding our own genetic design, we are in most cases still only left with propensities, not certainties. It is important to begin having this conversation now, he argues, because even if you think these questions are abstract now, they won't be for your children.

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