Don’t Change Your DNA at Home, Says America’s First CRISPR Law

August 13, 2019

(MIT Technology Review) – It’s going to be illegal in California to sell “gene-therapy kits” unless they carry a warning that says not to use them on yourself. Just one wrinkle: we’re not sure any such kit exists. Not yet, anyway. The consumer protection rule is in a bill signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 30 and will become law in January. It targets hobbyist kits employing CRISPR, the versatile gene-editing tool that has revolutionized gene research.