Sometimes the gene editing process results in breaking the double strands of a DNA’s helix. That results in what synthetic biologist George Church calls “gene vandalism.” As cells try to repair the break, it often results in unintended modifications and mutations that cannot be easily controlled, and worse, could be dangerous. Gene vandalism is on the rise as more researchers experiment with CRISPR.
This trend is part of our section on Genomic Editing. Other trends in this section include: