DIY Gene Editing: What Could Go Wrong?

If history has one clear message, if we’ve learned anything about human life since the Pleistocene, it’s that people are very good at handling lots of power so it’s always best to make lots of power widely available while at the same time, if at all possible, minimizing the barriers to its use. If the effects can be irreversible, too, well, then you’re totally safe. Safe as houses.

And when you throw in the profit motive on top of that? I mean, throw in the profit motive, greed, on top of hubris, stupidity, ignorance, and foolishness, and, admit it: you can virtually guarantee that nothing of any kind will go at all amiss at any point in the near or far future.

I’m glad I could reassure you on this point today.