Genes / CRISPR (July 2016) – Clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats.

As our nonfiction topic group is a bit top-heavy with MD’s, it was a matter of time until we chose a theme on the cutting-edge of healthcare. This area is new terrain for several of us in the group, so we have a mix of articles here that seek to explain the concept in layman’s terms. In a nutshell, it appears to be a set of processes that enable laser-precise cut and paste of any gene segment from one to the other. As all life forms share the attribute of having DNA, the implications of this understanding on our world will at a minimum be staggering. Hang on for the ride!