Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology

One of the most powerful and potentially transformative technologies developed in the past year has been the development of CRISPR, a very powerful technique for editing the genes of organisms. It may lead to the development of medical cures for previously incurable diseases:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pete-shanks/crispr-opportunities-for-_b_6295608.html

It may also lead to genetically-engineered "designer babies":

http://www.healthline.com/health-news/will-designer-babies-soon-be-a-reality-121814

Given the penchant of some Indians for gender-specific abortions, one can only feel worried at how this promising new medical technology will be peddled to Indian society.

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