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Can This Video Clear Up How CRISPR Really Works?

By now you’ve probably heard the acronym “CRISPR.” You may have even already pondered and discussed the potential implications of being able to directly edit an organism’s DNA. But have you seen anything yet that accurately visualizes how the construct of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) actually works? What about how the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing tool can target the correct genetic codes and remove or change sequences?

This digital animation video from STAT News, while arguably one of the most visually-pleasing renditions of the CRISPR concept to date, still doesn’t quite convey the complexities of the gene-repair process. However, trying to illustrate something so intricate in approximately 2-minutes of digitally-created video is still not an easy or enviable task, even by STAT‘s own admission.