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We can now edit our DNA… but let’s do it wisely

jenniver doudna

Geneticist Jennifer Doudna co-invented a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes, called CRISPR-Cas9. The tool allows scientists to make precise edits to DNA strands, which could lead to treatments for genetic diseases … but could also be used to create so-called “designer babies.”

In this TED Talk recorded in September 2015, Jennifer reviews how CRISPR-Cas9 works — and asks the scientific community to pause and discuss the ethics of this new tool.