Mar 12, 2016

Desktop Genetics: Now You Can Do Genetic Engineering Without Ever Entering a Lab

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CRISPR may be revolutionary; however, it’s not nearly as easy as it’s made out to be. But thanks to this company, individuals can alter the source code of life without ever needing to enter a lab.

A new genome editing technique is allowing us to alter DNA—the source code of life—with unprecedented precision. It is known as CRISPR, and with it, we can target and change a gene from any cell of any species without interfering with any other genes. If that’s not enough, we are able to edit these genes at just a fraction of the cost of previous methods.

So not only is this technique remarkably precise, it’s also remarkably cheap.

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