Covalence for June 2017: The ethical implications of CRISPR technology

Covalence for June 2017

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The topic of this month’s issue — Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats — does not sound like something that could drastically change our daily lives. CRISPR-CaS 9 (as it is commonly referred to) is being closely watched by scientists and ethicists for potential impact on the human genome. An ecumenical group of church leaders active in faith, science and technology met recently at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in Chicago to discuss CRISPR and its impact, which we cover in this month’s issue.

Also as the United States pulls away from the Paris agreement on climate change, there are many ways for the church to act in supporting thoughtful care for creation.

Lastly, this summer and autumn there are numerous conferences and events that may be of interest and happening near you. Check out our news and calendar sections for more information.

Susan Barreto, Editor