What is CRISPR?

CRISPR/Cas9, a gene-editing technique adapted from bacteria, is the hottest thing in biotech right now. Why? it’s fast, precise, and can target multiple genes at once.

If simple bacteria can fight off viruses, imagine the kind of genetic treatments we can develop for humans (hint: cancer, HIV, diabetes). You can expect to see a LOT of legislation and money centered around gene editing in the next few years.

Right now, the most visible CRISPR applications are in agriculture. The USDA recently approved a new type of mushroom that resist browning. Is it a GMO? Not according to current regulations!


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