How Gene Editing Is Changing the World

September 13, 2019

(Undark) – In 2015, George Church, a geneticist at Harvard University, announced a stunning breakthrough: Working with pig embryos, he and his colleagues had managed to disable 62 different retrovirus genes in one fell swoop. “This would have been virtually impossible and a logistical nightmare with older forms of genetic modification,” writes Nessa Carey in her new book, “Hacking the Code of Life: How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures.” But by using the new gene editing technology known as Crispr, the task was a relative cinch.