CRISPR: Should we or shouldn’t we?

I’m a huge bookworm and for my birthday this year I received a copy of A Crack in Creation by Jennifer Doudna and Samuel Sternberg. I read it cover to cover in two days. The book is a first hand account of the discovery of CRISPR technology, narrated by one of the researchers who co-invented… Continue reading CRISPR: Should we or shouldn’t we?

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Designer babies? Not yet.

For anyone who watches the breakfast news or flicks through the papers on the way to work it was impossible to miss the latest case of media scaremongering this week.  "Dawn of the designer baby" cried the Daily Mail. "One giant step for designer babies" exclaimed i. Dr Hilary tried desperately in his ITV interview… Continue reading Designer babies? Not yet.

The latest blockbuster, directed by CRISPR

CRISPR is the hottest name around right now. Standing for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, CRISPR (pronounced 'crisper') is found naturally as part of the defence system that bacteria employ to protect themselves from foreign DNA. It has been hijacked by scientists who now use it as a highly specific gene-editing tool and it seems… Continue reading The latest blockbuster, directed by CRISPR