September 25, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

IOM CRISPR

2 min read

The US Congress recently held its first hearing on human germline genetic modification. The meeting included CRISPR-Cas9 pioneer Jennifer Doudna (see video here) on the panel. See image of Cas9 structure from Wikipedia. CRISPR-Cas9 is a powerful, strikingly efficient tool for genetic engineering of cells and whole organisms. Now Republican congressional leaders have included a provision in the current spending bill that would block editing of viable human embryos and could interfere with important research. Concern over a possible reactive move by Congress on …Read More