Location: Who Am I? gallery, Floor 1 Wellcome Wing
Scientists have been altering the genes of living organisms for decades. But in recent years, advances in ‘gene editing’ technology have enabled them to manipulate DNA much more quickly and precisely. Researchers can now target, repair, remove, turn off and replace specific genes to change how cells work.
Visit the Who am I? gallery to explore what’s happening now and in the near future in gene editing technology, from treating cancer to improving our understanding of fertility and tackling malaria. The exhibit also looks at how CRISPR, the newest gene editing technique, works and at some of the ethical debates surrounding gene editing technology.
(Image credits: 1. DNA 2. Human embryo development from day 1 to day 7 © Kathy Niakan 3. Microscopic malaria parasites © Mihir Kekre, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)