What is CRISPR?
CRISPR is an acronym that stands for, Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat, and it refers to the way short, repeated DNA sequences in the genomes of bacteria and other microorganisms are organized. CRISPR is a genome editing tool that enables geneticists and medical researchers to remove, add, or alter sections of the DNA sequence. It is the simplest and best method of genetic manipulation and has a wide range of potential applications.
How Is It Useful?
CRISPR is useful because it allows for targeted, genetic modification in humans. Not only does it allow that, but it is also cheap, quick, and easy to use. It is most useful because CRISPR could help eradicate health conditions, eliminate diseases, create hardier plants, wipe out pathogens, and even more. It could even bring back the wooly mammoth from extinction.
Should It Be Used?
I think CRISPR should be used because of all the possibilities it offers. It can help humans a lot by eradicating health conditions and eliminating diseases. CRISPR can also be used to breed genetically-engineered mosquitoes that cannot transmit malaria.
Why Is This Interesting?
This is interesting because it can be used to engineer human embryos. It can make heritable changes to the human genome, which I find very interesting and there are many possibilities with that. CRISPR could potentially bring back the wooly mammoth from extinction which I also found very interesting because this too leads on to many more possibilities.