According to Mercury News, Josiah Zayner is offering a gene editing kit based on the CRISPR gene-editing tool. The kit, which can be purchased for $120, "has limited applications," and can only really be used to alter yeast and bacteria.
Zayner is the first to market a simplified version of the tool to the masses -- a project that, for now, is more provocative than perilous. The kit has limited applications. His altered bacteria and yeast, quite harmless, lead brief and fairly dull lives. They can't do much except change color, fragrance or live in inhospitable places. Then they die.
But it raises the specter -- deeply troubling to some experts -- of a day when dangerous gene editing is conducted far from the eyes of government regulators, posing risk to the environment or human health.
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