Monthly Archives: November 2017

Philosophy of life sciences is ‘constructive subversiveness’

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World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO, among other things, to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy in the choices arising from the effects of globalization or entry into modernity. We asked Prof. Hub Zwart and Prof. Ruth Chadwick, Editors-in-Chief of Life Sciences, Society and Policy, why philosophy matters for life sciences and the challenges raised by new sciences and technologies.

Biology

Livestock emissions higher than estimated

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We have known for some time animal agriculture plays an outsized role in our planet’s natural carbon cycle. Until recently, however, we didn’t fully appreciate the scope of that influence. Based on new research published in Carbon Balance and Management, and the revelation that previous estimates were based on old data, we now have a much better understanding of the role livestock plays in annual carbon fluctuations across the planet.

Biology

CRISPR-Cas9 and the future of gene editing and genetic counseling

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CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology is opening a world of possibilities for the treatment and prevention of human disease and genetic abnormalities. It’s also opening a can of ethical worms regarding what the limitations should be—particularly with respect to altering human embryos. This blog looks at the benefits and complications of CRISPR-Cas9 through the eyes of a genetic counselor.

Biology Medicine
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How does blue light affect animals?

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In an age where we’re surrounded by screens, you’ll have probably come across the disruptive effects that blue light can have on our sleep patterns, you may even have a blue light filter on your phone or laptop. But how exactly does blue light affect us? Two research articles published today in BMC Biology examine the behavior of zebrafish in order to explore this phenomenon.

Biology