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DIY genes (and how this trend will end the world)

April 1, 2016

In a recent article, Fusion contributor Kristen V. Brown interviewed several hobbyists who are using Crispr to tinker with plant genetics.

Looking for a new hobby? Have you considered bio-hacking and genetic modification? Hopefully, your answer is, "No, I would never try to play God in my spare time." But for a select few, bio-hacking is just another DIY project. And you don't need a license or a degree to do it. In a recent article, Fusion contributor Kristen V. Brown interviewed several hobbyists who are using Crispr to tinker with plant genetics.

According to Fusion, "Crispr—a memorable acronym for the mouthful, “clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats”—gives scientists an unprecedented ability to decrypt and reorder genes, opening up a dazzling and terrifying universe of possibilities. This year, a top national security official called gene-editing a weapon of mass destruction—along with nuclear detonation, chemical weapons and cruise missiles—because it could be used to create “potentially harmful biological agents or products.”

Crispr is every sci-fi future that we have ever dreamed about or feared: designer babies, unlimited energy, and the end of genetic diseases like Alzheimer’s."

To learn more, read " Inside the garage labs of DIY gene hackers, whose hobby may terrify you" from Fusion.

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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