Creators of genetic breakthrough ‘crispr’ win 2020 nobel prize

For the majority of the science world CRISPR (clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) has been deemed one of the greatest science breakthroughs in the 21st Century. The two women responsible for this finding are French scientist Emmanuelle Charpetnier and American scientist Jennifer Doudna. Essentially these brilliant scientist created “genetic scissors” that can rewrite our DNA. This act alone is said to help treat cancer, hereditary diseases and more. Moreover, this act has now placed Emmanuelle Charpetnier and Jennifer Doudna as recipients for one of the most prestigious renowned awards, the Nobel Peace Prize in Chemistry.

The two scientists will share the $1.1 million prize for developing the CRISPR/Cas9 tool to edit the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms. Charpentier and Doudna have also become the sixth and seventh women to win a Nobel prize for chemistry, joining Marie Curie, who won in 1911, and more recently, Frances Arnold, in 2018. Doudna is already employing CRISPR in the battle against the coronavirus as co-founder of biotech startup Mammoth, which has tied up with GlaxoSmithKline to develop a test to detect COVID-19 infections.

While CRISPR is nothing short of a genius invention, do you think the systems and powers in place will solely use this type of technology for good or can you see CRISPR becoming a tool for eugenics (in terms of depopulation).

Let us know what you think!