Gene editing is now being used in research around New Zealand, usually to ‘switch off’ genes one by one in order to figure out what they do. Overseas, this technology has started to emerge from the lab—it has the potential to help eradicate pests, save threatened species, even cure diseases—and soon, we’ll have to decide whether gene editing should be permitted more widely in New Zealand. What are the risks? What could we use it for? And how should we decide?
RNZ’s collection of interviews about CRISPR
New Scientist’s articles on genetic modification particularly CRISPR
This resource will help you to: - understand the science behind gene transfer - think about the implications of our newly-acquired ability to move genes from one living thing to another - and grapple with the issues involved in producing medical treatments from genetic engineering.
Gene editing, or genome editing, is a new type of genetic engineering that is revolutionizing human medicine and agriculture. These techniques give scientists the ability to more precisely modify the genome of almost any organism.