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Who Will Own The Secrets In Our Genes? A U.S. – China Race in Artificial Intelligence and Genomics

The United States has been precision medicine’s worldwide champion, conducting most of the research that first deciphered our genome about fifteen years ago. This could change with China’s heavy investment and capacity-building in the increasing convergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and new genetic technologies.

How to Optimize Human Biology: Where Genome Editing and Artificial Intelligence Collide

Genome editing and artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionize medicine in the United States and globally. Though neither are new technologies, the discovery of CRISPR in genome editing and advances in deep learning for AI could finally grant clinical utility to both. The medical use of these technologies individually could result in their eventual combined use, raising new and troubling ethical, legal, and social questions. If ongoing technical challenges can be overcome, will the convergence of AI and CRISPR result practitioners ‘optimizing’ human health?

Genome Editing: Governing on the Cusp of Uncertainty

Every year, the European Alpbach Forum welcomes some 700 national and international speakers from academia, business, government, and civil society to discuss the transformative trends of our time. This summer, the European Alpbach Forum and the Wilson Center partner to explore the implications of genome-editing.

What if You Could Control Your Health From the Palm of Your Hand?

In this podcast, Eleonore Pauwels explains how close this is to reality.

9 PM – International Space Station, the view is breathtaking but floats a feeling of heightened anxiety among the crew. For days, the astronauts have been feeling weak, sluggish, their bodies heavy. Navigating the space ship is a battle of epic proportions. No clear diagnosis emerged from describing the crew’s symptoms to mission control medical staff in Houston.

Citizen health innovators: Exploring stories of modern health

Everyday citizens are becoming empowered to contribute to modern medical science.


This article originally appeared online April 12, 2017 in Bio-Coder, an O'Reilly publication

Citizen Health Innovators: The Wilson Center Explores Stories of Modern Health

Washington, DC – There is an increasing “participatory revolution” happening in biomedical research and healthcare, where citizens take their medical future into their own hands.

TED Video: The Promise and Perils of DNA Editing

Today, we start envisioning the possibility to edit diseases like cancer out of our genome. But ethics and policy expert Eleonore Pauwels is urging researchers, doctors and policymakers to think together about how to design the best safety and governance mechanisms before they leap into a promising but somewhat uncertain technological future.