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2021 Topic: CRISPR Gene-editing Technology

This event is limited to the first 18 entries

OBJECTIVE & BACKGROUND

CRISPR is short for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. These repeats are involved in genome editing technology that can revolutionize cancer therapy, cures for diseases, agriculture, and much more. In 2020 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of CRISPR/Cas9 system. This system and its derivatives will have a strong presence in our future for generations to come.

The website will explain the history of gene modification methodology involving CRISPR along with the mechanisms by which it works and include a breadth of present and future applications with a focus on the chemistry involved. It will also address the caveats, benefits, and ethical concerns this technology can have on human civilization. 

Students are expected to review and show:

  • The history of this technology including contributors and dates 

  • Current and future applications of this technology on plants, humans and other animals

  • The science of this technology including mechanisms

  • The physical process of how this work is conducted, including the use of pipets, gel electrophoresis, etc. 

  • The ethics of using this technology on plants, humans and other animals

  • Be creative. What would you use the technology for and why?