Book Review, Kling's Corner

Accidents, Increments, and Scientific Progress

Two scientists—French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier and [Jennifer] Doudna, an American biochemist—published a groundbreaking discovery. They stood on the shoulders of many researchers around the world who had been toiling out of the public eye to understand the biological purpose of CRISPR. These Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (the official acronym) were known to be the critical component of a natural bacterial immune system.... Researchers in the Doudna and Charpentier labs reconfigured the molecular machinery to produce an ingenious method...
Article By Arnold Kling
Fixed Personality Traits, Randomly Arrived At

... variation in how brain circuits develop makes a major contribution to our psychological traits. Crucially, that variation can arise from genetic differences, but also from the processes of development themselves. Stochastic developmental variation will play a large role in determining how the effects of...

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