CRISPR has been in the media since 2012, when Jennifer Doudna and colleagues discovered the revolutionary gene-editing tool, CRISPR. Hailed as a tool that has the potential to eradicate diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, and Huntington’s Disease amongst others, see the animation CRISPR Decoded by MIT Technology Review. We found this one of the quickest and easiest to understand overviews of CRISPR. It explains its role, how it works (the three step process), and why it is important and the potential it has for diseases.
The only thing missing really is that it doesn’t examine the ethical questions it poses. However if you are interested in some of the articles listed below:
- Crispr: is it a good idea to ‘upgrade’ our DNA?
- Editing embryo DNA is an exciting landmark, but in reality will benefit few
- Jennifer Doudna: ‘I have to be true to who I am as a scientist’
- CRISPR fixes disease gene in viable human embryos
- Should you edit your children’s genes?