Ep.24: Editing Our Genes


What does it mean to edit someone's genes? Is Malaria in its last days? What is CRISPR, if not a startup that makes chips?

Shambhavi Naik and Madhav Chandavarkar are guests on Episode 24 of the Pragati podcast to they explain the recent revolution in gene editing. Cures for blood cancers, hornless cattle & impotent mosquitoes - new technologies are promising a lot of things, while the fear of Eugenics and designer babies is never far away. Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath talk to them about how gene editing tech can be governed, and what it would take to do great work in India.

Shambhavi, Madhav and their colleagues have also published a framework to govern gene editing in India . Do check it out.

As always, send in your questions, comments and suggestions to podcast@thinkpragati.com, and get them featured in a future episode.

The Pragati Podcast is on a break for the last week of December, and is back on January 4, 2018. Happy holidays!