Good and Bad

CRISPR is the next step in researching prevention and treatment of diseases, opening possibilities to future research while being accompanied by questions about safety and future consequences.

  • Cancer therapeutics modifies T-cells with CRISPR to kill cancer cells
  • Modifying DNA is very effective
  • Viruses in humans will be destroyed with CRISPR

  • Decrease in genetic diversity
  • Editing traits is reserved for those who can afford it
  • Ability to edit germline cells and embryo cells allows gene edits to be passed through generations

Understanding what CRISPR is and what it can do can help us talk about the ethical side of gene editing.