Customizing the Human Race with CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing Technology

CRISPR technology could change the world. Essentially, CRISPR is a technique that allows scientists to make precision edits to any DNA, whether bacterial or human. The potential for this technology is huge: if scientists have the accuracy to replace just a few faulty genes, it might be possible to cure genetic disorders as serious as cystic fibrosis and Huntington's disease and as common as lactose intolerance and color-blindness. Dr. Sam Sternberg, CRISPR expert and protein-RNA biochemist, joins the Curiosity Podcast to explain the science, ethics, and future of this cutting-edge technology.

Samuel H. Sternberg, PhD, will be starting his own research laboratory at Columbia University in early 2018, as an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. Along with Jennifer Doudna, he is the co-author of "A Crack in Creation," a popular science book about the discovery, development, and applications of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. Stream or download the podcast using the player below, or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Gretta.

CRISPR CRISPR Chicken Dinner

Biochemist and CRISPR expert Dr. Sam Sternberg discusses:

  • How CRISPR-Cas9 technology works and how researchers are utilizing it for medical applications.
  • A primer on DNA, RNA, and how scientists are able to edit genes.
  • Arguments for and against CRISPR based gene editing, both from a policy standpoint and from an ethical standpoint.
  • Recent advances in CRISPR applications and how different countries are advancing the field of gene editing.
  • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and other genetic applications that are growing in popularity.
  • The use of CRISPR in non-humans, including agricultural companies editing for crops or livestock.

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About the Curiosity Podcast: Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each episode features experts in every field who explain why their knowledge is important and why you should care. Developed as an audio companion to the existing Curiosity experience, you'll learn about your brain and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will share their curiosity to help you understand the world better.

Mice with green feet demonstrate CRISPR gene editing technology

Written by Cody Gough October 31, 2017

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