CRISPR's Brave New World

The genetic revolution is finally here

For decades we have talked about the jeopardy and promise of genetic engineering without much change. The dramatic recent breakthroughs of CRISPR technology mean that we must now confront the politics and ethics of our newfound power, writes John Parrington.

Imagine if living things were as easy to modify as a computer word file. What if the genetic code of organisms could be tweaked a little here, changed a bit there, to give organisms slightly different properties, or even radically different ones? In such a world, microorganisms might be adapted to produce new types of fuel, and farm animals or plants engineered to produce leaner meat or juicier fruit, but also to withstand extremes of temperature or drought to meet the increasing demands of climate change. Medical research too would be transformed if we could easily modify the genomes of different species in order to generate mutant animals to model human disease. If genomes really could be modified like computer

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Rae Karts 31 May 2021

Messing with organism's genetics is a terrifying feat. Have you guys watched movies similar to it?
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