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Have you ever wondered or worried about genetic modification and cloning? Science writer Amy Maxmen shares the amazing advances genetic researchers have made since the 1970s. She shares the magical and mysterious qualities of DNA without shying away from potential dangers. getAbstract recommends her analysis to anyone who is curious or concerned about advances in genetic engineering.

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Amy Maxmen is a science writer for National Geographic, Newsweek, Wired, and other publications.

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In 1975, 140 genetic researchers met at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in California and agreed on how to contain high-risk genetic experiments. Since then, technology has moved rapidly. When the scientists met, genetic engineering was still relatively new, complicated and expensive. Today, genetic researchers use a quick, easy and cheap technique for editing genetic material called “Crispr-Cas9” – an acronym for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.” Crispr technology has already been used to prevent cancer cells from spreading, fix mutations that cause blindness and engineer...


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