The Dark Side of DNA Editing

Hacking the Code

The Dark Side of DNA Editing

"Criminals could manipulate their own DNA to avoid detection on police databases," experts warned recently.1 The proposed tool is a do-it-yourself gene editing kit that can be purchased online for less than $150. The technique is CRISPR, a breakthrough "molecular scalpel" method that enables researchers to identify an undesirable DNA segment and replace it with a corrected version. Originally...

 
Paige Comstock Cunningham is the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in Deerfield, Illinois.
This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #46, Winter 2018 Copyright © 2019 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo46/hacking-the-code