Editing Our Future

CRISPR technology is the science of editing genetics and DNA code. Many organisms have already been successfully modified using this CRISPR technology including livestock, fish, plants, and fungi. This is obviously an amazing use of science and technology, but it is scary for scientists and the public alike because of the implications of “playing God”.Continue reading “Editing Our Future”

Manufactured Children and You: A Beginner’s Guide to CRISPR

CRISPR technology is a gene-editing tool that can directly modify an organism’s genotype to produce different phenotypes. This can be exhilarating because several human diseases are hereditary and modifying the gene that influences the onset of said disease could eradicate that disease entirely. Living in a world without cancer, diabetes, or HIV would be insaneContinue reading “Manufactured Children and You: A Beginner’s Guide to CRISPR”

Humans can’t seem to handle anything

CRISPR, a tool used for modifying DNA sequences stands for “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats,” and can play a pivotal role in the immuno-defense of humans and can change the DNA structure on a genetic level to do things like design babies, and eliminate certain diseases from humans. Like any technology, the possibility forContinue reading “Humans can’t seem to handle anything”

CRISPR’s Brilliance and Deterrence

CRISPR technology is the editing of DNA, whether that be altering, deleting, or rearranging, to correct genetic disparities. CRISPR-Cas9 has two different elements of the process. One is the “Cas-9” section that virtually cuts the DNA, and the other is the RNA that guides the Cas-9 to cut the DNA. This technology is regarded asContinue reading “CRISPR’s Brilliance and Deterrence”

Splicing and Dicing

CRISPR, which is more formally called CRISPR-Cas9, is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Inter-spaced Short Palindromic Repeats. I can’t speak to what CRISPR is in terms of the acronym, but it is essentially removing and adding genes to any organisms genome by use of Cas9, which is the enzyme used to cut out the unwantedContinue reading “Splicing and Dicing”

Crispy Genes and Unethical Means

Gene editing has long been a subject in science that I find myself conflicted over. Though I wholeheartedly support the use of science to better the human species, I do believe that there are some lines that should definitely not be crossed. CRISPR technology finds itself at the crossroads between the two previous ideas: betteringContinue reading “Crispy Genes and Unethical Means”

CRISPR and Eugenics

CRISPR is a gene editing technique that allows us “for the first time to precisely alter, delete or rearrange the DNA of nearly any living organism, including us” (Specter, 1). CRISPR is an exciting new frontier in science insofar as gives us the means to correct major genetic flaws such as muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, andContinue reading “CRISPR and Eugenics”

CRISPR: Eugenics 2.0?

CRISPR technology is a form of gene-editing tech that can potentially change or even remove parts of an organism’s DNA. This new technology can be exhilarating for some because it can redesign an organism’s genetic make-up to benefit themselves and others as a whole. For instance, scientists in the fields are looking at changing theContinue reading “CRISPR: Eugenics 2.0?”