Dr. Willima B. Hurlbut gave a very thought-provoking and fascinating presentation about the latest gene-editing technique called CRISPR, which is short for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat.” It’s a bit of DNA that scientists first noticed in the immune system of bacteria. That inspired this gene-editing technique.  Researchers use the CRISPR strategy to take on threats like diseases. CRISPR can turn genes on or off, or make them work in a different way, to protect your health.
 
CRISPR is already widely used for scientific research, and in the not too distant future many of the plants and animals in our farms, gardens or homes may have been altered with CRISPR. In fact, some people already are eating CRISPRed food.  
 
CRISPR technology also has the potential to transform medicine, enabling us to not only treat but also prevent many diseases. We may even decide to use it to change the genomes of our children. An attempt to do this in China has been condemned as premature and unethical, and the researcher was jailed for three years.  The bioethical dilemma is evident.