Book of Nature, Ep. 24: CRISPR/CAS-9 and Gene Editing

In this episode, Dan and Todd, with the help of Sectarian Review’s Danny Anderson, take a peek at genetic editing, and in particular the CRISPR system, which is a hot topic in recent studies of genetics.  The trio consider the implications of CRISPR’s efficiency and supposed ease of use on human beings for both repair of disease and other possible desired outcomes.  Click here to listen.

A couple links for your perusal:

Link to the Genetics Timeline mentioned in the episode: https://www.genome.gov/pages/education/genetictimeline.pdf

Links to some descriptions of CRISPR

https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/genomicresearch/genomeediting

https://gizmodo.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-crispr-the-new-tool-1702114381

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/09/scientists-use-gene-editing-technology-knock-out-genes-human-embryos-first-time

Links to some articles discussing CRISPR, Gene Editing, and Ethics:

https://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/gene-editing-new-technology-old-moral-questions

https://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/human-gene-editing-arrives-in-america

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/embryo-gene-editing-experiment-reignites-ethical-debate/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/improving-humans-with-customized-genes-sparks-debate-among-scientists1/

http://www.nature.com/news/should-you-edit-your-children-s-genes-1.19432

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