In this edition of Project Extra, Ran Levi explains the hugely exciting developments in gene editing, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), which has the potential to transform human biology as we know it. CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) is a biological gene editing system for reconfiguring DNA. The concept was discovered in 2012 by molecular biologist Professor Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, who told the BBC last year, “I never want to over-promise but I feel diseases will be cured and we want to enable clinicians and scientists to bring that to a reality.” Aidan has previously recorded two full-length podcast episodes with Ran, most recently, episode 40 – ‘Downloading a President’, and episode 11 – ‘Malicious Assured Destruction: Cold War to Cyber War’. Ran’s new podcast, ‘Malicious Life’, has topped the iTunes charts in Israel and is available at http://www.malicious.life. You can tweet Aidan with your thoughts @theaidanproject.
On this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined on the line from Oregon by Jared Miracle, a cultural entomologist with an M.Ed. and a PhD. in anthropology from Texas A&M University. Where did tea really originate from? Or the bow and arrow? Or Pokémon? Probably not from where you may have assumed. In this episode, Aidan and Jared discuss cultural phenomena, homing in on the case of Pokémon, of which Jared is the world’s leading scholar. Aidan and Jared also discuss the fascinating characteristics of Japanese culture more generally. Also discussed on the show is violence in society, delayed human adaption to modern technology, and much more. Jared is an author, educator, researcher, martial artist, chef, and much else besides. Definitely a fun show to share with your friends to get them hooked on The Aidan Project. You can follow Jared on Facebook (facebook.com/jaredmiraclewriter) and Twitter (@DocKungFu).