Where do you draw the line? Is there even a line to draw?
My latest column for the New York Times is on the debate about ‘three parent babies’, published in the NYT under the headline ‘The Three-Parent Baby’s First Step’. Here are the opening paragraphs. You can read the full article in theNYT.
The British Parliament can be an archaic, backward-looking institution, wedded to tradition, and not known for taking a revolutionary stance. Yet its members have just made a groundbreaking decision, one that no other legislature has so far been willing to contemplate.
They approved legislation that makes Britain the first country to allow the creation of what many call ‘three-parent babies’. Supporters say the procedure will enable women to avoid passing on certain severe and even deadly genetically inherited diseases. But many regard the new law as an unwise, even immoral, move — the first step toward the creation of ‘designer babies’. Some even see…
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Would like to visit some time
Yener Torun is an Istanbul-based architect with a wonderful eye for the colours and forms of a city. His Instagram photos are stunning, revealing not simply what a city can look like, but also what we often do not see. Yener generously allowed me to republish some of his photos on Pandemonium. So here, through the eye (and lens) of Yener Torun, is Istanbul as few will have have seen it, not the Istanbul of ancient buildings, grand mosques and tradition, but a city of modernist lines, minimalist patterns and brilliant and bold colours. Do check out his Instagram page, as well as his photography website.
All photos © Yener Torun.