WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CRISPR, THE TOOL THAT EDITS DNA

 
TOPIC
Genetics
PUBLISHED
October, 2016
TIME
42 minutes
 

 

So CRISPR (or Cas9) is quite the mouthful and is expeditiously becoming something of a controversy across many fields. In short, CRISPR/Cas9 is the newest method to edit a cell’s genome and has, to put it overly simplified, the ability to target and modify DNA with groundbreaking accuracy.

It has tremendous potential for treating diseases more individually, but it also brings about the ability to edit DNA based on cosmetic, cultural or religious purposes. Seriously. We’re talking designer babies here. This stuff is one of the scariest breakthroughs in science, and we need to understand its nuts and bolts - and who is working them - in order to influence how it will be used in the future. 

 

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A Genetic Cut And Paste Tool


03:13

CRISPR: Editing Your DNA Has Never Been Easier


07:01

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08:55

Genetic Engineering Will Change Everything Forever


03:17

Josiah Zayner and Ethan Perlstein about talks about CRISPR

 

The Takeaways

 

1.

An important thing to watch when it comes to CRISPR, besides the scary future of Liam Hemsworth-looking babies (Pitt and Clooney are old news you guys!), is the development of CRISPR for big business.

Innovation in the field of genomics have wide reaching potential for the corporate world, and existing specialised companies are already being bought left and right by the pharmaceutical industry in the billions.

 

2.

We now have the power to quickly and easily alter DNA. It could eliminate diseases. It could solve world hunger. It could provide unlimited clean energy. It could really get out of hand.” Big up to Wired for this one.