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The Art of Gene Editing

For a long time genetic diseases have been the source of a lot of pain and sadness. But what if we could rid ourselves of these diseases? Recent advancements in biotechnology have made it possible to modify our genetics through the use of gene editing tools.

CRISPR-cas9 is a new editing tool that can be seen as a sort of ‘molecular scalpel’, and with this tool Biomedical Engineers can add, subtract, or even alter gene sequences with more efficiency than ever before. However, this breakthrough technology raises ethical questions. Should we interfere with the work of nature and where will this lead humankind? Nic chats with Think: Digital Futures producer Cheyne Anderson about genetic editing.

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