Be the first to like.

Share

The new tools will likely open the doors for scientists to explore many novel areas: create synthetic species that can produce molecules not made by natural organisms, write information into DNA for use as a storage device, and drive down the costs of medical research by making it easier to edit bacterial genomes on a larger scale.

However, using CRISPR to edit large sections of the human genome is unlikely to occur anytime soon, given the regulatory hurdles and ethical complications. After all, scientists aren’t fully aware of the consequences of making small edits to DNA, much less larger cuts.

“We don’t always fully understand the changes we’re making,” Alan Regenberg, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, told Science News. “Even if we do make the changes we want to make, there’s still question about whether it will do what we want and not do things we don’t want.”

…continue reading ‘New CRISPR Tools Can Cut, Splice Whole Chromosomes’

Image: By Zephyris at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5971161

Be the first to like.

Share
Big Think

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply