Gene Editing Tool Hailed As A Total Breakthrough

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Technology has allowed us to discover things that are decades and centuries ago were just mere fiction and products of creative imaginations. Today, technology now has provided us with the possibility of modifying the genetic make-up of future generations; make them stronger and resistant to diseases, more intelligent. Gene editing has made waves and sparked excitement among scientists and ordinary individuals alike.

Understandably, there are many of those who fear that such capability may have adverse effects not just on humans, but on our humanity as well. Scientists have hailed CRISPR-Cas9, a gene editing tool, a breakthrough. The new technology is said to help people live better lives as it allows users to eliminate defective genes and modify genetic structure.

Joe Palca praise the new technology from a medical perspective in his article for NPR.

Gene Editing Tool Hailed As A Breakthrough, And It Really Is One

“Every once in a while a technology comes along that completely alters the way scientists do their work.

It’s hard to imagine astronomy without a telescope or high energy physics without an accelerator.

From here on in, it’s going to be impossible to imagine biology without CRISPR-Cas9.” Read more…

Science has clashed with morality so many times before and the discovery and implementation of the CRISPR-Cas9 will likely extend that battle to another ground. Moralists have shunned genetic coding and mutation, saying those who alter the genetic construction are playing God.

But the impact in the field of health and medicine is very significant and can change the course of how we live. It is a delicate issue that needs to be addressed immediately and decisively.

Image Credit: Gene Editing Tool Hailed As A Breakthrough, And It Really Is One – NPR News 

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