Dr. Mae Wan Ho: CRISPR the new wonder tool for genetic modification

Een interessante uitleg van Dr Mae Won Ho over CRISPR,  een van de nieuwe technieken.

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The new gene-editing technique CRISPR (see Box) [1] has taken the world by storm. It enables geneticists to disable or change the sequence of specific genes in the genome of practically all animals including humans faster, more efficiently than ever before, promising to improve our understanding of how genes work, delete genes that cause diseases, even modify human embryos to rid them of diseases or to ‘enhance ‘ them. The applications are moving ahead so fast that many scientists are calling for caution as major safety and ethical concerns need to be addressed.
The issue came to a head when a team of Chinese researchers created the first genetically modified human embryos using the technology.

Het volledige artikel: CRISPR Too Fast for Comfort