With CRISPR, the molecular scissors technology ,we are gaining not only read, but WRITE access to our genetic data. Writing code will no longer be limited to computers (and electronic health records), but into living organisms. Are we ready? The technology is racing ahead of our ability to think about and deploy it for the good of all.
“…the ability to recode cells, de-extinct species, and create new life forms will come with ethical, philosophical, and political challenges”