CRISPR genome editing has become one of the most recognizable, potentially revolutionary, and at times controversial techniques in biotechnology. Currently, scientists around the world are rapidly applying this technology in an attempt to treat certain forms of cancer, cure genetic diseases, and even improve crops. This lecture will provide historical context and scientific background on this emerging technique, starting with the function and components of CRISPR in its original form as a hereditary adaptive immune response in bacteria and archaea. We will also explore the adaptation of CRISPR-Cas9 as a novel genome editing tool, and compare it to other previous and current genome editing techniques. We will discuss the advantages and limitations of this technique as it is currently being applied. Finally, we will examine the role of this newest genome editing tool in current and future research and in human clinical trials.See more seminars.