Gene editing: should you be worried? | The Economist

From combating climate change, to curing disease, to creating designer babies, gene-editing technologies have the potential to transform lives. What risks do they pose?

00:00 – Gene editing: risk v reward
01:06 – Cavendish bananas are under threat
03:47 – GM crops have a bad reputation
05:18 – GM mosquitoes could reduce transmissible viruses
07:50 – Ethical concerns around genetic interventions
09:30 – Editing genes with CRISPR
10:57 – CRISPR could cure sickle-cell disease
12:31 – Controversial applications of CRISPR
15:23 – Could gene editing lead to designer babies?
16:20 – Germline editing is causing international outcry
18:37 – CRIPSR could revolutionise agriculture and combat climate change
21:11 – Using genetic editing to rescue wild populations
23:30 – Gene editing may transform life on earth.


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