The last frontier of genetic engineering: what is CRISPR/Cas and what does it do?

The CRISPR/Cas systems is an efficient, affordable method to edit DNA sequences. CRISPR/Cas is so versatile and has so many potential fields of use that has rapidly attracted the attention of all biotechnologists, but in parallel it opens up several bioethical questions. In this article, we provide a broad introduction to the CRISPR/Cas system, its functioning, its potential applications and some related ethical controversies.

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Elisa Dell'Aglio
Elisa Dell'Aglio is postdoctoral researcher at the University of Geneva.

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