In Conversation with CRISPR Pioneer Jennifer Doudna

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Barely a dozen years ago, Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published a paper in Science about CRISPR, the pioneering gene-editing technique that thrilled the scientific community. In 2020, the discovery earned her a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. CRISPR is now a mainstream area of study, with researchers looking at its use not only to advance medicine but also to improve animal health, develop drought- and insect-resistant crops, and combat climate change. How did Doudna feel at the moment of its discovery? What is it like to have sparked a scientific revolution? What comes next and what worries her most?

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