An interesting article was recently released on the CBC health news about the recent publications which used CRISPR technology. CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats which allows for accurate editing of DNA – genes. I found it being akin to biological word processing system, in an article by Jon Entine to be a very accurate description.
However, like with many technological advances, the issues surrounding the ethical use of CRISPR and the possible social or biological implications lag behind the actual science. It will be interesting to see if in the near future regulations and/or guidelines will be put into place either by the scientific community or government bodies.
March 2, 2016:
Continual discussion about CRISPR will and should be taking place in the scientific community along with the public. It is important to realize if it is use in humans, it will not only change the individual’s genomes (genetic makeup), but the changes could be passed down to future generations.
Nature: Should you edit your children’s genes?
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