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Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 03.30.15

I would like this article better if it wasn't in Cracked's too-cute-by-half signature grumpiness, but still good: 8 Things Vietnam War Movies Leave Out. It's not groundbreaking, but it's written by a former Viet Cong guerrilla, which is a nice perspective. (Cracked's branded grumpy tone is extra-obnoxious here because it stretches credulity that a former Viet Cong guerrilla would talk in the first person that way.)

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Guest Post - Asilomar, zinc-fingers, etc
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 03.30.15

Lw writes:Germline editing of the genome in human embryos has very recently become technically feasible.

Monkeys have been born from CRISPR-edited embryos, but at least half of the 10 pregnancies in the monkey experiments ended in miscarriage. In the monkeys that were born, not all cells carried the desired changes, so attempts to eliminate a disease gene might not work. The editing can also damage off-target sites in the genome.
Those uncertainties, together with existing regulations, are sufficient to prevent responsible scientists from attempting any genetically altered babies, says George Church, a molecular geneticist at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

This is a pretty big innovation.

Heebie's take: I know nothing! I did think the lede to the article was nice, though:

Asilomar. The word conjures up not only stunning California coastline but also vexing questions posed by new, potentially world-changing technologies.
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Tone Police
Posted by Ben on 03.28.15

Many people, even some people who are affiliated with them, think of universities as centers of intellectual life. However, in fact, they are riddled with idiocy. The link is to a series of tweets mostly by first-call session sociology maven Kieran Healy about "tone of voice" guidelines for writing about/for a university, written apparently by people who haven't thought a lot about what the purpose of much of that writing is or how much one can, or even should try to, convey one's vision for the university as a whole in writing about an undergrad's research project or whatever. This one in particular is remarkable because the "before" examples seem apt to be informative and useful, whereas the "after" examples make one want to punch the face of the handiest smarmy person.

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