For the first time in human history, we have the tools to reprogram life itself. That could be a recipe for dystopia — unless we create a scientific commons that values the public good over private profit.
Pankaj Mehta is associate professor of physics at Boston University and a member of the Boston chapter of Science for the People.
Richard Levins was a profound thinker who devoted his life to an emancipatory vision of science.
Today, big data is used to boost profits and spy on civilians. But what if it was harnessed for the social good?
History is littered with horrifying examples of the misuse of evolutionary theory to justify power and inequality. Welcome to a new age of biological determinism.