Should we use CRISPR to experiment with Living human embryos?

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Last year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2020) has been awarded to two scientists who transformed an obscure bacterial immune mechanism, commonly called CRISPR, into a tool that can simply and cheaply edit the genomes of everything from wheat to mosquitoes to humans.
Emmanuelle Charpentier (left) and Jennifer Doudna (right) won this year’s chemistry Nobel for the development of a powerful way to change DNA.
(LEFT TO RIGHT): © PETER RIGAUD C/O SHOTVIEW ARTISTS; DEANNE FITZMAURICEThe award went jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens and Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, “for the development of a method for genome editing.” They first showed that CRISPR—which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats—could edit DNA in an in vitro system in a paper published in the 28 June 2012 issue of SCIENCE. Their discovery was rapidly expanded on by many others and soon made CRISPR a common tool in labs around the world. The genome editor spawned industries working on making new medicines, agricultural products, and ways to control pests.
The goal of this assignment is to build a collection of resources that we all can use to learn more about CRISPR.
Each of you shall search and share a link to a paper, video, podcast, tutorial or other and add a short summary describing what the resource offers to the learner.
Example of post:
Link: https://ideas.ted.com/the-promising-and-perilous-science-of-gene-editing/Links to an external site.
The promising and perilous science of gene editing
Published in IDEAS.TED.COM | Author Dan Kedmey
This paper offers an answer to the question: “Should we use CRISPR to experiment with Living human embryos?” by the woman who discovered CRISPR (Jennifer Doudna).
The article explores the pros, cons and ethics of the use of this powerful genetic tool, exposing the lucrative side of science, the legal and political ramifications and the need for a the scientific community to agree and dictate bioethics rules to regulate the advances of this technology.
It’s a great read for those interested in the ethics around CRISPR and wonder what the scientific community position is.

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