‘Kill Switches’ Keep GMOs on a Short Leash

Gene editing has received a lot of press recently, thanks to a slew of recent advancements that allow scientists to do ever more with plant and animal genomes. Techniques, such as CRISPR-Cas9, are opening the doors to novel genetically modified crops (GMOs), stem cell research, synthetic biology and even experiments with human embryos.

However, with this explosion of research has come intense scrutiny. Modifying DNA, the blueprint of an organism, carries with it powerful implications and

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