Apr 4, 2024

Are you ready for CRISPR? Because the gene-editing technology is already impacting the food we eat

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You’ve probably heard about the gene-editing technology CRISPR. The massive biotech breakthrough, which has emerged in the last decade, has mainly been touted for the ways it will let scientists edit the human genome — hopefully to cure genetic diseases or perhaps, more worryingly, to create “designer babies.” But CRISPR is also being used in another area, the world of food.

Cultural anthropologist Dr. Lauren Crossland-Marr hosts the five-episode podcast A CRISPR Bite. She takes listeners into labs as researchers tinker with the genes in what we eat and drink. What, exactly, are they trying to achieve? And what’s at stake?

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