CUT&PASTE: a CRISPR DIY guide

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Genetic advancements and bioengineering provide understanding and control of organismal systems, ways that their natural capabilities can be utilized, and how we can enhance features of humanity. Manipulation of organic life becomes more and more facile and the range of possibilities demands that we make expedient decisions about the ethical use of altering fundamental components of life. This DIY guide outlines the basic methods for gene editing using a system called CRISPR/Cas, identified originally in bacteria, which is being explored for its capacity to edit genes with exceptional precision. Experimentation with resources like CRISPR/Cas has resulted in the ethical debate on how much or how little we ought to employ this kinds of tools in commandeering other organismal genetic systems, exploiting the functions present in biological life, and perfecting the human organism.