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From corn to cattle, gene editing is about to supercharge agriculture
Corn isn’t the sexiest crop but it’s one of the most important. It’s the most abundant grain on Earth, used as food and biofuel around the globe. In ancient times, Mesoamericans thrived on it, waged wars over it. Their myths claimed corn was the matter from which gods created mankind itself.
Edit your future with a career in CRISPR
Some early-career scientists found themselves surfing the wave of CRISPR just as it hit the shore.
The Atlantic “WHAT’S NEXT?”: Hacking the Genome
Rachel Haurwitz, President and CEO of Caribou Biosciences, is interviewed by Ross Andersen, Senior Editor of The Atlantic, at the “WHAT’S NEXT?” summit. She discusses the impact of CRISPR for the scientific community, the big issues in gene editing, and the future of this technology for therapeutics and agriculture.
PBS: Editing Out Pesticides
This summer, more than a million tons of chardonnay grapes are plumping on manicured vineyards around the world. The grapes make one of the most popular white wines, but their juicy fruit and luscious leaves are also targets for diseases such as downy mildew, a stubborn fungus-like parasite.
STAT: At 31, she runs one of the hottest biotech companies in the country
The question on the test was about CRISPR, but Rachel Haurwitz, then a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, botched it. She had never heard the term. Less than a decade later, Haurwitz is the CEO of Caribou Biosciences, one of the leading companies pursuing commercial applications of CRISPR, a remarkable gene-editing tool that could help scientists develop new medical treatments and advance other industries.