Here’s something I bet you haven’t worried about: “if new genes that wipe out malaria also make mosquitoes go extinct, what will bats eat?”
No hunger. No pollution. No disease. And the end of life as we know it. All brought to us by DNA editing, as easy as cut and paste. Evolution is about to get an upgrade. Call it the post-natural world. So read the teasers from the cover of the August issue of “Wired” magazine and the lead article, “The Genesis Engine.” All of this is made possible by a technique called Crispr-Cas9. The first term is an acronym for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” the second is the name of a protein that makes it work. Using the technique, agronomists have rendered wheat invulnerable to killer fungi. Hmmm. Such crops, adapted to a warming planet, might feed a population of 9 billion.
GMOs, anyone? Monsanto must be salivating.
Dr. Richard R. Kurrasch
Following forty years of pastoral ministry, Rich and his wife, Ann Marie, retired to the Central Coast where in addition to the opportunities of the SLO life generally, he divides his time between PFJ, the Rotary Club of Five Cities Eco (one of three Eco/environmental Rotary clubs in the country), and writing a memoir.