CRISPR is a technology that can be used to edit genes and, as such, will likely change the world.The essence of CRISPR is simple: it’s a way of finding a specific bit of DNA inside a cell. After that, the next step in CRISPR gene editing is usually to alter that piece of DNA. However, CRISPR has also been adapted to do other things too, such as turning genes on or off without altering their sequence.
It’s been just over a year since the dramatic announcement of the world’s first genome-edited babies using CRISPR technology.
What is CRISPR-Cas9? CRISPR-Cas9 is a tool in molecular biology that can be used to edit the genomes of a wide variety of organisms, including people.
Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., interviews Debra J. H. Mathews, Ph.D., MA, assistant director for science programs for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and associate professor in the department of pediatrics at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, about ethical issues related to CRISPR gene editing technology.
UMass Medical School researchers are using CRISPR/Cas9, a powerful gene editing tool, to develop a novel technology that can potentially cut the DNA of the latent HIV virus out of an infected cell.
Designer babies, the end of diseases, genetically modified humans that never age. Outrageous things that used to be science fiction are suddenly becoming reality. The only thing we know for sure is that things will change irreversibly.
CRISPR is touted as a gene editing technology to change the world, but recent studies show that it might actually be doing more harm than good.
In this Spotlight segment, Eric Landskroner discusses the study and the unseen dangers of CRISPR gene editing, with one of its authors, Dr. Rasmus Nielsen, There are definitely good uses of CRISPR, the Danish researcher says, but science might not be ready for the groundbreaking technique.