When Working with Human DNA, It's Best to Be As Accurate As Possible
This headline was actually a sentence buried in a July 28, 2017 article on gene editing of human embryos in the United States. For those of you who are new to this topic, the prospect of editing out genetic flaws from human embryos now seems within reach thanks to the development of what is called CRISPR technology.
CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. For a fairly simple explanation, check out the YouTube video featuring Jennifer Doudna, a leading proponent of CRISPR technology. You can view a lengthier TED talk video with Jennifer here.
Advocates of this research have no shortage of accolades in the promise it holds in curing genetic maladies. Having grabbed the headlines and by holding out the “healing carrot” before a hungering society that longs for longevity on earth, CRISPR has become Ponce de Leon’s dream realized.
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