CRISPR: A Word Processor for Editing the Genome

This video from iBiology and Youreka Science explores how a group of scientists made a major breakthrough in understanding the bacterial immune response, called the CRISPR/Cas system. (CRISPR is short for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat.) In doing so, they discovered a way to utilize this system to create a technique to change the DNA sequence of any organism—including humans, other animals, and plants. Compared to previous techniques for modifying DNA, this new approach is much faster and easier.

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