New Edits to Animal Genes Cut Down on Rough Drafts, but Not on Worries

Amy Harmon, New York Times, November 26th, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/27/us/2015-11-27-us-animal-gene-editing.html

Gene editing technology, such as CRISPR/Cas9 and TALEN systems provide the opportunity to edit not only the plants humans consume but animals as well.  Gene editing technology is currently being applied to the cattle industry to create hornless dairy cows in order to prevent farmers from needing to dehorn their livestock.  More immediately consumers will have access to salmon that has been modified in order to substantially increase its growth rate.  Gene editing is also being used for therapeutic goals with pigs being altered to grow human organs that will not be rejected and to make malaria resistance mosquitoes all in an effort to improve human health. While these technologies provide many opportunities some scientist and activists are promoting caution while the FDA has yet to release guidelines for gene editing.  In order for gene editing technology to become widely adopted scientist, the public, and government regulators will need to come to a consensus as to the extent to which this technology is used.

Author: Advanced Analytical

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