Running with scissors – Part II

This post gives you a "look under the bonnet" of genome editing itself. This includes issues ranging from the mechanism with which CRISPR/Cas9 specifically changes DNA to side-effects and to embryonic DNA, which is at the centre of a larger debate. Find out more!


Running with scissors – Part I

New methods in genome editing have been described as ushering in "a new era in molecular biology". Even beyond the boundaries of genetics, genome modification has been called "transformative". It is likely to change social practices and alter the way society thinks. Given its paramount importance, it’s crucial to understand how genome modification works and what it can be used for. This post describes what CRISPR and genome editing is in a layperson's terms.

What is GENETHICS – and what is all this CRISPRing about?

CRISPR/CAS9 is "the new thing" in genetics. What sounds like gobbledygook is in fact a very powerful method to change the DNA within a live cell – in a bacterium, a plant, an animal, or even a human person... To make fine-tuned changes in the DNA could mean to tweak or re-design a living being. This blog is intended to contribute to the public debate about such issues, especially on the moral questions involved.