Genetic Engineering with CRISPR Gets the Go Ahead, but Ethical Concerns Over Gene Editing Stand Firm

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Published: April 17, 2018  Updated: April 17, 2018 at 4:28 pm EST
CRISPR gene editing

What is CRISPR? Every cell in our body contains a copy of our genome, DNA. Our genes shape who we are as individuals and as a species. To understand how genes work, researchers need ways to control them. A new tool has been developed to edit the DNA of any species, including humans. Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats or CRISPR has been promised by scientists to be the answer to curing genetic diseases. The CRISPR method is based on a natural system used by bacteria to protect themselves from infection by viruses. Scientists can manipulate the RNA to create…

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