CRISPR has been touted as a miraculous tool for editing the genome. It employs a kind of molecular scissors that can make a cut in a specific part of the genome, and mutations can be then introduced into that genome for research purposes, or a template to repair an error in the genetic code can be put in place. Various headlines have announced that it might be able to cure human disease or be used to design babies to certain specifications. But there’s a lot to this technology, and there are potential drawbacks.
This video explores why CRISPR has some potential problems, and why some scientists are warning about some of the negative impacts of the technology. Learn more from the video by Seeker.