Gene Elimination and Genetic Enhancement: Yet Another Reason Why the Moral Dilemmas are Different

In discussions of potential eugenics that have become inevitable in the CRISPR era a distinction keeps on being made between gene elimination and genetic enhancement. Typically, it seems to be implicitly assumed that these are the only options when it comes to human germline editing though, as we see in the recent moratorium proposal in …

The Problem of Eliminating Measles

I would like to draw attention to a recent blog post by Professor Raina MacIntyre of  the University of New South Wales (with whom I have occasionally collaborated). MacIntyre points out the complexity of any attempt to eliminate measles completely partly because of how infectious it is: elementary herd immunity calculations show that the required minimum …