As with all developing technologies, it improves over time as further research is carried out. Genetic engineering is set to get more precise, and new technologies such as CRISPR demonstrate just how accurate while being cheap and easy, the genetic modification technologies can become.
Implications and Benefits of More Precise Genetic Engineering
When technologies become more precise and, in turn, cheaper and easier to use, we see that technology being used more and more. Over the coming years, irrespective of moral problems, we’re likely to see a boom in the research and use of genetic engineering technologies. The ability for increased precision also offers a chance for public perceptions of genetic engineering to be shifted. Precise genetic engineering opens up opportunities for personalised medication, tailored to our personal DNA, in the fight against disease. There’s also an ability to end food-shortages, as we can modify crops to be more resistant to disease, and to be able to better cope with the effects of climate change, resulting in fewer losses when it comes to crop production.
Research is growing at a significant rate and, with each new piece of research, more is known about how to precisely modify the gene structure of just about anything.