A Crack In Creation


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The biological world is undergoing profound, human-induced changes. For billions of years, life progressed according to Darwin's theory of evolution - organisms developed through a series of random genetic variations. Up to now, species has been shaped by this process. Today things could not be more different. Scientists have succeeded in bringing his primordial successfully under human control.

Scientists can now manipulate and rationally modify the genetic code that defines every species on the planet, including our own. And with the newest and arguably most effective genetic engineering tool" CRISPR-CAS9 (CRISPR for short).

The genome, an organism's entire DNA content including all its genes, has become almost as editable as a simple piece of text.

Crack In the Code of Creation shows Jennifer Doudna's discovery of the technology and how it can be applied to change our future rapidly.

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