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.
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.
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.
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.
Mosquitoes, Zika and Biotech Regulation
In a new Policy Forum article in Science, NC State professor Jennifer Kuzma argues that federal authorities are missing an opportunity to revise outdated regulatory processes not fit for modern innovations in biotechnology.
Genes Might Be Helping the Tasmanian Devil Fight Off Face Cancer
Increasingly, genetic techniques are giving conservationists new strategies to protect endangered species smarter and faster. Jennifer Kuzma, School of Public and International Affairs, featured.
Staying Ahead of Technology’s Curves
Alongside the explosion of new technologies over the past 20 years has come a conspicuous flowering of the discipline known as technology assessment. The term describes the attempt to understand what the economic, social and environmental effects of new technologies might be. Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society, featured.
Editing Out Pesticides
The gene editing technique known as CRISPR shows promise for crop development, including some popular wines. What are the benefits? What are the risks? Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society Program, featured.
New Genetic Engineering is Slipping Past Old Regulations
There is a longstanding tension between innovation and regulation in genetic engineering, as policymakers have struggled to balance the benefits of innovation with the need to address safety concerns. But with recent advances, the tension has begun to snap. Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society, featured.
Kuzma Named to National Committee on Biotechnology
NC State University professor Jennifer Kuzma will lend her expertise to a national committee studying the future of genetic engineering. The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently named Kuzma to the Committee on Future Biotechnology Products and Opportunities to Enhance Capabilities of the Biotechnology Regulatory System.