Contributor: Anna Lewis, Biotech Ethicist and Researcher
Anna Lewis is a joint fellow-in-residence at Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Center for Bioethics. She wrote one of our first articles, "The Ideology of Transhumanism: The Ethics of Transcending Our Physical Bodies."
Tell us about yourself and your work.
I worked for several years in the genetics industry in the Bay Area, writing and designing software for interpreting genomes. But the questions that kept me up at night started to be the bigger-picture ones: what do we want to know about ourselves? And how should we let that information impact our lives? I recently moved to Boston to think about these things full-time.
As an example of the type of question I'm thinking about right now: how many years of education did you complete? If you're white and US or UK based, then DNA is now a better predictor of that number than your parent's income. This isn't genetic determinism. It's the fact that our DNA-based probabilistic predictions about a range of traits just got a whole lot better. Now that we have those predictions, how should we handle them as a society?
Where can we find out more about you and your work?