Would you eliminate cancer if you had the power to do it? How about ridding the world of HIV or wiping out Zika-carrying mosquitos? CRISPR, a new gene editing technique helping scientists snip out unwanted DNA fragments with surgical precision, promises to do just that — and it could radically change our world in the very near future.
This new technology could touch everything from the way we treat disease to even our food supply. However, it has some potential risk and there are reasons to be concerned about editing the human germ line. But, the possibilities seem endless and to some scientists those risks are worth the reward. Let’s go through the biggest ways this technology is about to change our world.