CRISPR gene-editing technology has taken the scientific world by storm. Using this technology, which allows scientists to insert, modify or delete genes in an organism, is not a risk-free endeavor. Yet according to Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, failing to take advantage of gene editing’s great potential to help the world’s poorest people would be a “tragedy.” Writing in Foreign Affairs, Gates makes a case for using CRISPR and other gene-editing techniques on a global scale to promote food security and fight disease.
In this summary, you will learn
- How gene-editing technology can boost agricultural production,
- How researchers can use gene editing to help combat disease and
- Why gene editing’s benefits outweigh its risks.
About the Author
Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the founder of Microsoft.