The Future of Genomic Editing

Courtney Mapes


The purpose of this microreview is to examine the process of genomic editing and its successors, specifically Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR).  Briefly speaking, CRISPR made its corrections to the genome through breaking the strand of DNA to make repairs using the specific endonuclease, Cas9. This process of gene repair using CRISPR and Cas9 is thought to be extremely rapid despite its significant attention to small details. Mutations on the gene tend to be negatively correlated to cancer and multiple other human genetic diseases. This major advancement in the molecular life sciences field has proven successful in working to solve this issue through multiple experiments and research, which is fueled towards progressing potential solutions. There is evidence of its success and acceptance in the science world through its recent received awards, specifically being named as Science’s Breakthrough of the Year. Through continuing general knowledge of this type of genomic editing, significant improvements are observed in those suffering from genetic disorders for future years to come.

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