The CRISPR Quake Shaking Us All
Discoveries affect medicine, ag, and just about everything
In this week’s Friday Notes,
we featured the gene-editing tool that is taking over news media headlines as our lead story–CRISPR. A university student visiting our office summed up the gene editing buzz quite well: “At first I thought CRISPR referred to a drawer in the refrigerator used to keep lettuce fresh. Now I realize it is a widespread scientific phenomenon.”
The general public is quickly learning about CRISPR–CAST has been reporting about this “genetic earthquake” for years. Several items this week provide a solid overview and some new insights into this scientific game changer:
This Sixty Minutes
video focuses on the medical angles
, and this “overtime segment” looks at some of the controversies
. These researchers hope this tool can be key to treating genetic diseases–believing “this just might be the most consequential discovery in biomedicine this century”.
In a different Sixty Minutes
segment, these researcher explain how they have been using this tool to construct a simplified testing method
that could be used to detect infections or viruses such as Zika and Dengue.
This article provides an overview
with a look at why “every industry is throwing mad money at CRISPR”. It covers everything we need to know about how scientists can repurpose a bacterial immune systems to alter DNA–making everything from cheap insulin to extra starchy corn.
Note: A new CAST Issue Paper
, Genome Editing in Agriculture–Methods, Applications, and Governance, will roll out this summer.
By: Dan Gogerty and Kylie Peterson (graphic at top from getsynbio.com)
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