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Genetic Engineering/CRISPR

Author: Patrick Lin

Editors: Simran Gohel and Katelyn Ma

Artist: Tiffany Chen

Gene editing is a technology that allows humans to make changes in an organism’s DNA. This gives humans the ability to add, remove, or alter genetic material in the genome of an organism. The most well-known tool used for gene editing is Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats and CRISPR-Associated Protein 9, or for short, CRISPR-Cas9. This has been brought up recently and has been one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the century. CRISPR-CAS9 technology has many potential applications but its ability to make gene editing faster, cheaper, and easier raises ethical concerns.