Will Crispr DNA Take Over the Next Generation of Humans?


Sonia Valencia, Senior Staff

This may sound crazy or impossible, but scientists all over the world today are figuring out ways to possibly make a whole new line of genetically engineered humans. It begins with small edits such as eye color, but as the gene editing technolpogy improves, parents can start to engineer things such as succeptibility to cancer and maybe even intellect. You’re probably wondering how this is possible, well it all comes from something called “Crispr- Cas 9” or casually known as “Crispr.”

It works by using bacteria to edit out “undesirable” parts of someones DNA to modify their genetic code.

To begin, Crispr is basically a gene editing system scientists have recently used to modify animal and human DNA. For years, scientists didn’t know how they would be able to edit DNA Until 2012 When study was made by the University of Berkley, showing how to do it. This sparked many scientists to come up with ideas on what they could do with this information, and they took it above and beyond. 

Their wishes are to cure diseases, help control pets, and increase food production. Just imagine how the world would be affected if they do figure out how to do something this outrageous. Not only do they have these in mind, but scientists from 83 different countries have hopes to find out new things too. What they want to do is kill off malaria-carrying mosquitoes, make wheat resistant to mildew, and make eggs fitting for people that are allergic to them. 

When it came to the process of testing their theories, they came out with some crazy results. In 2015, scientists released that using Crispr on mature animals for treating them was a success. This has become so far, that scientists at harvard are trying to bring a Wooly Mammoth back to life. In another experiment, they used something called muscular dystrophy to repair a gene in mice. The outcome was that the mice had become stronger. They are starting to get the idea that by using something similar, we can start using it on humans. In fact, recently in China for the first time in history, Crispr was used on embryos, which is one of the reasons people are talking about it now. 

The only real question is, how safe is it? There is a big debate whether Crispr is safe or if it’s even ethical.

Ms Traylor, a seventh grade STEAM science teacher here at Dana voices her opinion on Crispr and this is what she says,

“I think that this could have a lot of positive outcomes to the world and it could create the next Generation of heroic humans. Before they do anything they need to make sure that they know what they’re doing because it’s so new. I am hoping that they don’t use it for bad and the outcome may be useful for the future.”

Overall, this leaves us with the big question. Could there be powerful and advanced ways to make a solution to cure diseases and discover new things in this world? We will just have to wait and see.