On Monday of this week, TIME announced its 2016 Person of the Year shortlist. Many of the names were unsurprising: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Simone Biles, and Beyoncé Knowles all seem to make sense. One entry in particular, however, seemed like a bit of an outlier -- the CRISPR Scientists. As outlined in TIME's announcement:
These scientists have developed a groundbreaking new technology that can edit DNA, a technique that has the potential to transform science and the human experience, as it could be used to find and remove mutations responsible for incurable diseases.
I've been following this technology for a little while, so when the announcement was released, I immediately wondered how it would impact everything else happening in the food law arena right now and in the future.
CRISPR, the shorthand reference for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats" (pronounced crisper), has been touted as a technology that has the potential to quite literally change the world. Scientists believe it can be used for everything from potentially curing cancer, to saving the lives of children who are allergic to vaccinations, to de-extinction of the wooly mammoth.