- This four-year-old discovery could well determine the future of:
- disease treatment
- what we eat
- restoration of extinct species
- how electricity will be generated
- and how we power our vehicles
- The technique enables researchers to edit parts of the genome by cutting out, replacing and adding parts to the DNA sequence.
- It is quicker, cheaper and more accurate than previous editing techniques.
- The process effectively induces mutation of the DNA.
- In many ways bacteria beat us to this procedure, for they have the ability to snip out parts of virus DNA and retain this information to recognize and defend itself from the next attack.
- Curing cancer, hepatitis and high cholesterol.
- Cloning animals.
- Cloning humans, but current ethical standards pretty much preclude this option. Some day, though...
- Producing various bio-products, such as biofuels, polymers, adhesives and fragrances.
- Wiping out female mosquitos causing malaria and Zika. For your information, if you've wondered what do males consume, they suck on sources of nectar.
- South Korea is also surging with ToolGen, a genome-editing company and is utilizing the International Patent Cooperation Treaty. They are modifying the guide RNA for plant-breeding.
- China is pushing forward into customized animals and has genetically modified human embryos, which allows you to do this up to a life of two weeks. Here is a micro pig.
- Singapore is dabbling, and has launched ClonGenex for recombinant Cas9 protein experiments and related ventures.
- Japan has developed a photoactivatable Cas9 nuclease to control CRISPR-based gene editing.
Hurricane Blas is now at 125 MPH and still heading for Hawaii:
However, computer models show Blas weakening before getting close to the 50th State.
Super Typhoon Nepartak is a whole different story. Now at 175 MPH, the eye seems headed right through the middle of Taiwan, but somewhat south of Taipei: