A Decade After CRISPR Discovery, the Unimaginable Outcomes of Gene Editing Emerge

CRISPR-based cures will soon help combat all kinds of disease, from UTIs to leukemia. But terrifying implications of gene editing are abound as well

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Netta Ahituv
Netta Ahituv

Nobel Prizes in the sciences are generally awarded after a few decades of meticulous research. Indeed, usually, many years are required for the greatness of a scientific discovery, its contribution to humanity and its positive implications for the realm of science, to be grasped. But in the case of Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, the Nobel arrived with record speed: Their groundbreaking study was published in the journal Science in 2012, and last year the Nobel Committee for Chemistry deemed them worthy of the prestigious award.