Become an Expert on Genetic Engineering With This CRISPR Infographic

Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 7:08AM
Genetic Engineering
Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 7:08AM
In recent years, genetic Engineering has cemented its status as one of the most exciting (and controversial) areas of modern science. The ability to potentially increase our intelligence, create designer babies, and cure diseases may sound like a win-win situation, but many scientists are wary of genetic engineering getting out of hand. Earlier this year, the White House called for a worldwide moratorium on the editing of the human genome stating "the full implications of such a step could not be known until a number of generations had inherited the genetic changes made - and choices made in one country could affect all of us."

But while the editing of the human genome is causing concern among various parties, genetic engineering is continuing to make massive strides in a number of other areas. Key to this progress is a technique known as CRISPR-CAS9 (just CRISPR to you and I), which allows scientists to modify specific portions of the gene of just about any species from plants to animals to humans.

Considering CRISPR is going to play such a huge part in our lives from here on in, it's probably wise to ensure you know what it's all about. Enter with this brilliant infographic that explains everything you need to know about CRISPR-CAS9 and its capabilities.

The CAS9 enzyme was pivotal to CRISPR's success, allowing for a greater number of implementations of the technique. The infographic goes on to provide a detailed look at how CAS0 is implemented in 5 not so simple steps.

The reason CRISPR-CAS9 has people so excited is its broad stroke potential for use in multiple situations across multiple species. As the infographic shows next, these uses could include everything from the creation of new biofuels to making crops more resilient. 

So, while we might not be getting designer humans just yet, it may not be long before we see CRISPR-CAS9 implemented close to home. How many people do you think would pay to use such a technique to extend the life of their pets or even create their own designer dog? The future is here, and its potential is almost limitless.
Genetic Engineering

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