This is How CRISPR Lets You Edit DNA

From the technique's potential for creating drought-resistant crops to stopping infectious outbreaks, there is much reason to be excited by CRIPSR.

This week saw a team of biologists achieve the world's first CRISPR/Cas9-based approach to controlling genetic inheritance in a mammal. And that is just one of the exciting developments we have seen with CRISPR.

But why is CRISPR all the rage right now? Well, for its amazing ability to edit DNA safely. This video by Ted Ed seeks to explain exactly how that happens.

"From the smallest single-celled organism to the largest creatures on Earth, every living thing is defined by its genes. With recent advancements, scientists can change an organism’s fundamental features in record time using gene editing tools such as CRISPR. But where did this medical marvel come from and how does it work? Andrea M. Henle examines the science behind this new technology," says the video description.

The illustrated video goes through all the ins and outs of CRISPR as well as all its potentials; from drought-resistant crops to stopping infectious outbreaks to developing cures for genetic diseases. It is also the fastest, cheapest and easiest of the gene editing techniques, so there is much to be excited about!

Henle calls CRISPR a medical marvel, and we can not help but agree. Watch the video to learn more, and we dare you not to become a CRISPR fan.

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