January 2017–Gene Editing Updates
One of the biggest stories of our times might be the biotech angles opening up with gene editing and techniques like CRISPR. These new links are only a few of the many articles about this science that offers hope… and some trepidation.
** New Yorker writer Michael Specter discusses emerging biotechnologies that will make it possible to remove disease and change the characteristics of life by rewriting the genetic code in cells.
**A new generation of crops known as gene-edited rather than genetically modified is coming to the market.
**Gene-editing techniques could help to improve stocks of farmed pigs by boosting supplies of sperm from prized sires.
**This BBC article considers opportunities but also discusses potential dystopic issues also.
Unlike some alarmists, we won’t describe recent gene editing advances by using the word commonly given to the “monster” concocted by Mary Shelley and revamped by Mel Brooks. But no matter what terms anyone uses, genetic topics are hot now–especially because of CRISPR, a revolutionary technology that can edit genetic mistakes.
** This comprehensive article examines the history, promise, and implications of the powerful new gene-editing technology.
** This short article looks at the basics and includes cautionary comments from one of the leading scientists involved in the development of the CRISPR technique.
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