Genetic Engineering and Society

May 2, 2017

College Honors Its Exceptional Faculty

Humanities and Social Sciences faculty were recognized at the college's annual awards reception on April 25, 2017.

Apr 21, 2017 | Slate

The U.S. Regulations for Biotechnology Are Woefully Out of Date

The chronic challenge with biotechnology regulation is that it can’t keep up with the fast pace of innovation. Jennifer Kuzma, distinguished professor of public and international affairs and co-director of NC State's Genetic Engineering and Society Center, featured.

Mar 27, 2017 | CBC Radio

Are we prepared for our gene altered future?

The impending genetic boom goes beyond CRISPR and could have very wide-reaching implications — from feeding billions, to curing disease, to improving animal welfare. Those are the upsides. They could also have dire unintended consequences, for human health or even by disrupting entire ecosystems. Jennifer Kuzma, School of Public and International Affairs, featured.

Mar 17, 2017 | MIT Technology Review

5 Biotech Products U.S. Regulators Aren’t Ready For

A new report issued by the National Academy of Sciences says U.S. regulatory agencies need to prepare for new plants, animals and microbes that will hit the market in the next five to 10 years. “All these products have the potential to be beneficial, but the question is, how do they compare to the alternative?” says Jennifer Kuzma, co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at NC State University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee that prepared the report.

Feb 25, 2017 | ABC Australia: Radio National

Governance of Gene Editing Technology

Jennifer Kuzma, professor in the School of Public and International Affairs and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, was interviewed on an ABC Australia science radio show. CRISPR-Cas 9 is a powerful gene editing tool that Kuzma believes should be discussed more openly.

Dec 29, 2016 | NBC News

11 Surprising Predictions for 2017 From Some of the Biggest Names in Science

What scientific discoveries will 2017 bring? What technological innovations? We asked some of the biggest names in in science and technology to share their predictions for the coming year. Jennifer Kuzma, public administration and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, featured.

Dec 1, 2016

The Year in Pictures: Humanities and Social Sciences in 2016

Take a look back at some of our favorite stories (and photos) of the year.

Nov 2, 2016 | Associated Press

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Not Focusing On Biggest Threats, Risk Experts Say

It's a scary world out there, risk experts agree, but they say Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton often focus on the wrong dangers — fixing on hazards that are unlikely, or unlikely to cause massive pain. Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society, featured.

Oct 17, 2016 | FiveThirtyEight

Small Island, Big Experiment

Michael Cobb, a political scientist from NC State University, had previously completed a national survey on genetically modified mosquitoes. Cobb studies public perceptions of novel technologies and had attended some of the community meetings in the Keys, so the mosquito control district hired him to poll residents in 2013.

Oct 14, 2016 | Science Friday

Scientists Develop a Hornless Cow Through Gene Editing

Researchers have developed a method to remove dairy cows' horns through gene editing. The team inserted a gene from the naturally hornless Angus breed to create hornless Holsteins. Have they developed a new type of cow, or are they just speeding up the breeding process? Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society Center, discusses the future of biotechnology in agriculture, what defines a “genetically modified organism,” and how these technologies might be regulated.