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What DNA Tells Us About Indians Past, Present and Future

Groundbreaking new scientific studies are changing our understanding of the history of India and its people. Yazad Jal joins Anirudh Kanisetti and Shambhavi Naik to discuss what science and history have to say about the past, present, and future of...

Conversations at Takshashila: Should Publicly Funded Research Be Free?

 India has recently announced its intent to join Plan S, by which all public-funded research in India would have to be published in open-access compliant journals. This move will help scientists, students, and teachers across India to access research...

Newsletter: The Compound Eye Feb 15

The Compound Eye Feb 15, 2019 Policy in Focus: Interim Budget, 2019: Instead of a policy, this fortnight we highlight announcements from the Interim Budget that embrace the development of science and technology in India: There has been a marginal...

The Pragati Podcast: From Academia to Entrepreneurship

How can great academic research lead to building a great tech company? Listen to Vijay Chandru talk about his life, work and journey as one of India’s first academic entrepreneurs on Episode 84 of The Pragati Podcast. The Pragati Podcast is a...

DNA bill is designed to fail

The promise of delivering speedy justice has moved members of the Lok Sabha to okay the, 2018, early last month. In response to concerns about privacy violations, the Bill proposes constituting a regulatory board, which will have the difficult task...

Newsletter: The Compound Eye 1

The Compound Eye – Feb 1, 2019 Policy in Focus – DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018: The Lok Sabha passed the DNA Technology Bill, 2018, 2018 on January 8. The Bill will now have to be introduced...

Should India move towards germline gene editing aka genetically modified babies?

Chinese researcher He Jiankui – who announced on YouTube in November that he successfully modified the genes of Lulu and Nana, healthy newborn twins – has taken mankind one step closer to becoming the superpower that can triumph even nature...

A Time to Make Ethical Decisions

A couple checks into a clinic and looks up a menu of options: blue eyes, fair skin, excellent hand-eye coordination, good runner, team player. They are opting for the “sportsman” package with a few cosmetic perks for their future child....

Chinese gene-edited baby row rekindles need for guidelines in India

The global scientific community has been outraged by Chinese scientist He Jiankui’s claim of creating the world’s first genetically modified baby using the gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9. The scientist claims that baby Lulu – who differs from previous recipients of gene therapies like...

Discussion Document — A Framework for Governing Gene Editing

By Madhav Chandavarkar, Anirudh Kanisetti, Shambhavi Naik, and Ajay Patri Download the Discussion Document in PDF [1.2 MB] Executive Summary Gene editing offers many benefits. They range from basic research that can enhance the scientific understanding of gene functions to...
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