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CRISPR

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EN CRISPR has the potential to completely change how we exist as a species. I'm not going to go into detail (mainly to not make a fool of myself in front of possible bio-expert readers) but in short you could say that CRISPR allows us to tweak our own “source code”. This means we could erase hazardous pieces of code like cancer or genetically transferable diseases, which would be one of the biggest achievements technology ever made. But like most technological developments there are still some downsides that cannot be ignored. The risk is that if we can upgrade every person we become a very genetically homogeneous species and thus we might be less likely to survive unexpected adverse environmental events. But there are many upsides too (otherwise I wouldn't bring it up because it’s not good for the case I'm making here). CRISPR opened up the ability to cut and paste in genes so quickly, easily and precise that its application for biofuels, materials, food, genetic diseases... are legion. And, most importantly, it can be done within a much shorter time frame and at a relatively low cost. If I was to tell you that over the past 9 months more than 200 million dollars were invested in startups working with CRISPR technology, you can guess this is going to be a big deal in the near future.

NL CRISPR heeft het potentieel om compleet om te gooien hoe wij als soort bestaan. We hoeven niet in detail te gaan (want er lezen misschien bio-experts mee die er veel meer over weten) maar kort samengevat maakt CRISPR het mogelijk om onze eigen broncode te tweaken. Dat betekent dat we schadelijke stukjes code zoals kanker of genetisch overdraagbare aandoeningen kunnen weggommen. Dat zou meteen ook een van de grootste verwezenlijkingen van technologie ooit zijn. Maar zoals elke technologische ontwikkeling zijn er nog altijd nadelen die we niet kunnen negeren. Als we elke persoon kunnen ‘upgraden’, lopen we het risico een genetisch helemaal homogene soort te worden. Dat zou ons juist minder kans op overleven geven. Het zou willen zeggen dat we met z’n allen even (niet) bestand zijn tegen onvoorziene schadelijke omgevingsfactoren. Er zijn uiteraard ook massa’s voordelen (anders zou ik het hier nogal slecht verkocht hebben zo). CRISPR heeft de mogelijkheid om in DNA te knippen en plakken zo snel, eenvoudig en precies opengesteld dat de toepassingen voor biobrandstoffen, materialen, voeding, genetische aandoeningen, etc. gigantisch talrijk zijn. En, nog het belangrijkst van al, het kan in een veel korter timeframe en lagere kostprijs op poten gezet worden. Als ik je vertel dat er in de voorbije 9 maanden al meer dan 200 miljoen dollar gepompt werd in startups die met CRISPR-technologie werken, je kan wel raden dat dit in de nabije toekomst een alsmaar belangrijkere innovatie zal blijken.  



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