CRISPR. What is it? And why is the scientific community so fascinated by its potential applications? Starting with its definition, we explain how this technology harnesses an ancient bacteria-based defense system — and how it will impact the world around us today.
Imagine a future where parents can create bespoke babies, selecting the height and eye color of their unborn children. In fact, imagine that all traits can be customized to one’s preferences: domestic pet size, plant longevity, and more.
It sounds like the backdrop of a dystopian science fiction novel. Yet some of this is already happening.
Since its initial discovery in 2012, scientists have marveled at the applications of CRISPR (also known as Cas9 or CRISPR-Cas9).
Date: February 19, 2019
Source: CB Insights