The gene editing technology CRISPR is one of the most talked about scientific discoveries of recent years. Before it was discovered, researchers were limited to far more complex, expensive and time-consuming gene editing technologies.
CRISPR opens up the field of genetic modification with its inexpensive, universal applicability; a synthetic RNA can be created to target any stretch of DNA, meaning all known biological organisms are a potential target.
In this list, discover some of the remarkable ways in which CRISPR technology is being used, including:
- Enhancing crop production
- Fighting antimicrobial resistance
- Treating genetic diseases
Why CRISPR is interesting The gene editing technology CRISPR is one of the most talked about scientific discoveries of recent years. While the modification of genes in an organism is not revolutionary in itself, the ability to do so in any organism with a simple protocol, at high speed and low cost is entirely ground-breaking. Before CRISPR technology was discovered, researchers were limited to recombinant DNA technology for genetic modification, which requires mixing of genomic material from multiple species, or far more expensive and time-consuming gene editing technologies, such as zinc finger nucleases. CRISPR opens up the field of genetic modification, making it possible to rewrite the genome of any organism with off-the-shelf products at costs as low as $30.