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This is an animation that explains the CRISPR-Cas9 method for genome editing, an emerging technology with many applications in biomedical research, including the potential to treat or even prevent human genetic disease, such as congenital blindness.

The CRISPR interference technique has many potential applications, including altering the germline of humans, animals, and food crops. Bioethical concerns have been expressed about the prospect of using this very new biotechnology for editing the human germline.

At least four labs in the US and labs in China and in the UK announced plans for ongoing research to apply CRISPR to human embryos. However, scientists, including a CRISPR co-inventor, urged a worldwide moratorium on applying CRISPR to the human germline, saying, “scientists should avoid even attempting, in lax jurisdictions, germline genome modification for clinical application in humans” until the full implications “are discussed among scientific and governmental organizations”.  These scientists support basic research on CRISPR but do not see CRISPR as developed enough to implement in clinical use or in making heritable changes to people. 

In December 2015, the International Summit on Human Gene Editing took place in Washington, DC. A specific distinction was made between clinical use in somatic cells, where the effects of edits are limited to a single individual, versus germline cells, where genome changes could be inherited by future generations.

Altering of gametocytes and embryos to generate inheritable changes in humans was claimed irresponsible. These agreements, of course won’t stop (and probably haven’t already) those who don’t share these ethics. There may be edited humans born by 2017!

In February 2016, British scientists were given permission by regulators to genetically modify human embryos by using CRISPR-Cas9 and related techniques. The embryos are supposed to be destroyed after seven days of development…

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  • The “guide” can cut and manipulate diseased genes. If so, the reverse is also true and has already weaponized. No measure is ever released to the public without a counter-measure in place, proofed and operable.

  • Like all technology, this procedure has been spoon fed to chosen “inventors”. Now we can modify our own DNA … as the rulers see fit.

  • It’s my belief that we were modified about 240,000 years ago from something almost organically grown on this planet, to a species that will do what it is told. Not like the ones that came before, that lived longer, had more of a connection with Earth. By living longer we begin to see all the dots connected, unlike now where we are given propaganda to consume and not see the dots that are in front of our eyes.

    • Crothers …
      Your “belief” is solidly supported by objective data and sound, conclusive evidence. We were domesticated about 240,000 years ago, along with all the other domesticated plants and animals. Read Will Hart for insight.

    • Yep. Keep them concentrating on the present. That’s the game.
      Good example: Don’t allow Earth history facts and finds to be known–hide them so there is no continuity of history (Smithsonian, Vatican). No continuity of history means no history except that which is gained during a single human lifetime. Feed the human, via the mainstream media, the lie of his fabricated world. Earth history is a manipulation, a deception. If we were to know the truth of our world it would turn our average 76-yrs on Earth into a planet of 100s of millions of years of human and off-worlder information. Common knowledge would skyrocket and spiritually matters would be explored. The Black Hand finds that course of action untenable. Like the priests before them, Knowledge is just for them and ignorance for the populace is necessary. After all, they believe they were “chosen” to rule us. Finally, make the human’s lifespan so short that he is forced, through sheer time conservation, to concentrate on his present and little more.

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