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  19. Khumoetsile M. Molefe

    I would like to know if it is possible to do degree course (virology) online with your institution. I am working as a technician at University of Botswana: Biological Sciences and based in Virology section. My problem is that, I have done National Diploma in Biomedical Technology so I don’t know much about virology.

    Hoping to hear from your office soon

    Thank you

    Khumoetsile M. Molefe

  20. anon

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    1. Rural Johnny

      Most people would be happy to see this happen? I doubt that many, let alone most, have any idea what gene drive technology is about, nor its ecological, ethical or moral implications.

      It is but a small series of steps to go from predator elimination to human disease elimination to human trait selection. If the financial incentives are sufficient, then this will happen in time.

      To me, those who promote this technology are not trustworthy when it comes to commercialising their discoveries. That will sound harsh to those with a vested interest so let me explain that I have two tests for trustworthiness.

      One is that the scientists (in this case), know what they are doing. There is little published about the unintended consequences of the genetic engineering that underpins the technology. Let's be clear, a natural process CRISPR is not - it is pure and simple, genetic engineering. And whenever genes are manipulated, consequences beyond the specific effect the scientists are looking for, may occur. Scientists have not the knowledge to predict those effects.

      Second, to be worthy of my trust, scientists need to be doing their work for the right reasons. Financial profits earned from patented products is not a right and proper reason. Human greed is still too strong to expect that shortcuts and incomplete analysis will not occur.

      So to be clear - my objections to the technology are centred on the commercialisation of discoveries. Using the tech as a science discovery tool is a worthy and now necessary activity. But when it comes to releasing the end products in to the wild, no way should this even be on the agenda until we are clear and confident about unintended consequences.

      1. anon

        I can appreciate your points of view and by-and-large agree with them. Gene drive is a new and untested technology and we need to proceed with caution and care. We need to put in place safeguards and protocols (there is intense debate about this overseas -- just Google it). Finally, gene drive for pest control would need to be field tested in some containment facility -- like a small offshore island.

        These are practical hurdles, but the biggest hurdle, in my opinion, is getting the public engaged in a good debate about the issues and have a better understanding of such a programme. That should start now -- don't leave it to the scientists.

        On your second point, I have worked as a scientist for more than 45 years and money has never been the motivating factor for me or for any of my colleagues. If you wanted to make money, there are far easier ways to do that than becoming a scientist.

        1. Rural Johnny

          Thank you for your considered response.

          I too am old enough to remember the time when research was conducted for the public good rather than for the private profits that tend to drive research funding today. If genome research were done today with that public good in mind, then I would have a lessened objection to it.

          I do not agree that the biggest hurdle is about public engagement to develop a better understanding of the issues.

          Before we can have engagement, we need to fully understand the science but more importantly, we need to have a well-considered ethical framework to apply the results of science's discoveries.

          The pace of GE research is outstripping our ability to consider ethics.

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  55. James Kalmakoff

    It was interesting to see how Donald Trump used people's basic emotional response to fears and threats to promote his ring wing campaign and to win the US presidential election.

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  63. David Ward

    Enjoyed this. Certainly this thought is going round, in fact it's hard not to entertain the notion that Covid 19 is Gaia’s way of saying
    “Guess what, time to slow down and let me get back in balance”. I heard one estimate that about 30 years of this present level of emissions would do the trick.

    What I like about this is the reduction of life to the lockdown basics . Food, pharmacies, power for lights, warmth and communication, civic services garbage collection, sewers, water supply etc. and education—the essential services.
    So we need essential workers. The rest of us are just consuming/living.
    And what do the essential workers need? More time off so they can do some consuming/living as well.
    Which leads immediately to the idea that everyone should be organised to do their fair share of these essential services (ignoring for the moment the pandemic circumstances).

    Nice sidelight: No money required.

    All we need is to add ‘housing' to the essential services

    It's interesting to think about what we are missing: getting together in groups of all sizes outside our bubble for fun/entertainment/travel.

    Merci beaucoup for a happy hour at the keyboard.