Biologist Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty – CRISPR
WIRED has challenged biologist Neville Sanjana to explain this concept to 5 different people; a 7 year-old, a 14 year-old, a college student, a grad student and a CRISPR expert.
Gene editing has been around for decades, but CRISPR technology has scientists dreaming up new experiments. This gene editing system can specifically modify the genome of various species including our own. While some have raised ethical concerns, researchers are only slowly beginning to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the CRISPR system. In the future, doctors could treat diseases with this new technology and usher in a new field of medicine. Anyone who is interested in the latest trends in genetics and medicine will find this video informative.
About the Speaker
Dr. Neville Sanjana is a biologist at New York University and the New York Genome Center. His work has been published in journals such as Nature and Science.