The field of genetics is currently undergoing a renaissance thanks to the CRISPR/Cas method. This technology enables comprehensive genome editing, i.e. the precise rebuilding of DNA components. This not only raises the hope of ending hereditary diseases and cancer, it also creates new opportunities like growing ultra-resistant plants. The fact that genome sequencing is becoming more affordable opens up many possibilities.
From customized fitness and diet plans, to being able to find distant relatives – everything is possible. Besides these breakthroughs, CRISPR creations also raise some difficult questions: who does modified DNA actually belong to and is it ethically acceptable to intervene in natural evolution?