I’m trying to study for my Genetics course and I need some help to understand this question.
In this assignment you will evaluate the pros and cons of using CRISPR to edit human DNA, and propose a set of guidelines or regulations to address the potential risks this technology poses. This will help you apply your knowledge of genetics to real-world contexts, and think creatively to address some of the challenges our society will face as CRISPR technology continues to advance.
Write a 4 – 5-page essay that includes:
- A description of how CRISPR uses RNA and a Cas enzyme to edit targeted DNA sequences, in your own words (about ½ – 1 page in length);
- A summary of at least two pros and two cons of using CRISPR to edit human DNA, based on your review of relevant scientific data. Your summary should focus on the potential effects CRISPR may have on the human gene pool and certain individuals or communities (about 1 ½ – 2 pages in length);
- A discussion that proposes at least three guidelines or regulations for using CRISPR to edit human DNA, and explains how these will serve to reduce the risks outlined in your summary (about 1 ½ – 2 pages in length).