When the CBC asked me to play Nostradamus and prognosticate on how I see bioethical and biotechnological issues playing out this year, I had a good idea about much of what I would say. And most of it wasn’t very encouraging.

But then something very big happened that made me glad I hadn’t written this article last month: Scientists in Japan and the United States ‘reprogrammed’ human skin cells back to a stem cell state. And the world shifted.