ARTICLE: Genetically Engineering Almost Anything

Learn what is a Gene Drive, what is CRISPR, how — with public consent — genetic engineering may be applied to impact our ecosystem for the purpose of reducing the spread of Lyme Disease …

“Genetically Engineering Almost Anything” | by Tim de Chant and Eleanor Nelson | Nova | 17 July 2014

When it comes to genetic engineering, we’re amateurs. Sure, we’ve known about DNA’s structure for more than 60 years, we first sequenced every A, T, C, and G in our bodies more than a decade ago, and we’re becoming increasingly adept at modifying the genes of a growing number of organisms.

But compared with what’s coming next, all that will seem like child’s play. A new technology just announced today has the potential to wipe out diseases, turn back evolutionary clocks, and reengineer entire ecosystems, for better or worse. Because of how deeply this could affect us all, the scientists behind it want to start a discussion now, before all the pieces come together over the next few months or years. This is a scientific discovery being played out in real time.

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See also Keving Esvelt’s Sculpting Evolution page.

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