Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Rapid Pace of Genetic Engineering

The first full human genome was sequenced in 2007.

We are thus now in the midst of a revolution in genetic information and technology as well as a revolution in the internet and cultural information.

WP - Joel Achenbach
Pondering ‘what it means to be human’ on the frontier of gene editing

“CRISPR is not the first method for manipulating genes, but it’s by far the cheapest, easiest, most versatile. Its many attributes have generated incredible excitement as well as apprehension. While the approach hasn’t been applied yet in humans for therapeutic purposes, that’s on the horizon. So are worrisome scenarios involving genetic enhancements and purely cosmetic applications.”