How the easy editing of DNA changes the world

Amy Maxmen, for Wired:

Crispr goes well beyond anything the Asilomar conference discussed. It could at last allow genetics researchers to conjure everything anyone has ever worried they would—designer babies, invasive mutants, species-specific bioweapons, and a dozen other apocalyptic sci-fi tropes. It brings with it all-new rules for the practice of research in the life sciences. But no one knows what the rules are—or who will be the first to break them.

It’s an epic tale of a technology with broad implications. Sadly, the petty struggle over patents casts a shadow over the entire thing. The best and worst of humanity on display.