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Playlist: Misc. Thinking

Compiled By: Miles Markstein

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Theory of Everything (Series)

Produced by Benjamen Walker

Most recent piece in this series:

Artifacts (Redux)

From Benjamen Walker | Part of the Theory of Everything series | 22:58

Toe12_small Photographer Robert Burley takes pictures of the end of analog for his book The Disappearance Of Darkness. Christine Frohnert and Christiane Paul explain why it is difficult to care for digital artworks and Social Media theorist Nathan Jurgenson wants us to understand what is truly revolutionary about ephemeral photographs and platforms like Snapchat.

Quirks & Quarks (Series)

Produced by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Most recent piece in this series:

How To Edit a Human: The CRISPR Genetic Revolution

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the Quirks & Quarks series | 30:18


Over the last three years, a new genetic engineering technology has exploded on the scene in biology. CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing has been called revolutionary, game-changing and transformative, due to the fact that it is easier, faster and more powerful, precise, and efficient than any tool we've had for making changes to the genome. 

CRISPR seems poised to revolutionize the way we study and treat a whole range of genetic diseases. It also will have profound impact on genetic engineering of agricultural crops and animals, and on the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. And the fact that it could allow us to make permanent changes in the human genome means we might influence human evolution itself.

The power and potential of CRISPR means it raises as many ethical issues as scientific ones, as society will have to deal with new questions about whether we're wise enough to use the power over the genome that CRISPR provides.

This documentary feature, from CBC Radio's award-winning weekly science program, Quirks & Quarks, looks at the potential benefits and possible pitfalls of this revolutionary new terchnology.