Jennifer Doudna, one of the scientists behind CRISPR gene editing, said the technology could be used to combat climate change and other major problems facing humanity. Currently, the technology is being widely tried by researchers in clinical studies.

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CRISPR gene editing technology allows editing the genome of living organisms. With modifications, researchers can come up with genes that are better adapted to the environment, as well as genes that can support the ecosystem.

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Doudna said in an interview MIT Technology ReviewThe technology could be used to improve the ability of microorganisms to “capture carbon” in soil or water, she said.

“There is a lot of interest in the clinical medical use of CRISPR,” she told MIT Tech, as reported by Futurism. “However, I suspect that over the next decade, when we consider the global impact and the impact on everyday life, the use of agriculture and even combating climate change may have broader implications.”

There have been previous attempts to use CRISPR technology to influence climate. The Salk Institute for Biological Studies’ Utilizing Plants program is currently working to expand plants’ root systems and strengthen their protective shells responsible for storing carbon dioxide.

Likewise, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are trying to improve rice to make it more drought tolerant. However, this research is still in its early stages.

Doudna and her colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize for their discovery. Additionally, CRISPR has proven to be an important technology in the medical community. The researchers are also excited about its potential impact on the global food chain in other areas of application.

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