Right Turn: “Comic” twist on CRISPR

Author: Lisa Willemse, 09/30/16

There’s nothing really funny about the patent debate on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. It’s been a contentious and expensive court battle, that has thankfully steered clear of mud-slinging (mostly). Which is good, since there’s more than enough of that in the U.S. these days, thanks to the Donald.

For those who have followed the CRISPR patent battle closely, there’s plenty to read, a good deal of it conjecture about which side, Doudna/Charpentier or Zhang, deserves what will certainly be a massive, career-altering license.

But for many who have only heard snippets (pun intended) of information, you might wonder exactly what the CRISPR-Cas9 technology is, its potential, and how the patent battle emerged in the first place.

Andy Warner of the Nib recently published a fantastic comic, “Bad Blood,” that explains the basics of CRISPR and the patent debate in 45 crisply-worded panels. I’ve included two of them here as a teaser (with permission) and urge you to take the three-minute tour of the full comic.

Excerpted image from “Bad Blood” written by Andy Warner on The Nib (First Look Media)

Excerpted image from “Bad Blood” written by Andy Warner on The Nib (First Look Media)

Excerpted image from “Bad Blood” written by Andy Warner on The Nib (First Look Media)

Excerpted image from “Bad Blood” written by Andy Warner on The Nib (First Look Media)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you to submit your own blog to info(at)ccrm.ca. We encourage you to be creative and use the right (!) side of your brain. We dare you to make us laugh! Right Turn features cartoons, photos, videos and other content to amuse, educate and encourage discussion.

As always, we welcome your feedback in the comment section.

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Lisa Willemse

Lisa Willemse

Lisa is a science communicator with 15+ years' experience in the fields of regenerative medicine, child development and technology. She launched this blog (first as the Stem Cell Network Blog) in 2009, and served as co-editor until April 2015. She is currently the Senior Communications Advisor for the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and has recently contributed to Motherboard, Science Borealis and the Genome Alberta and Canadian Blood Services blogs. Follow her on Twitter and Medium @WillemseLA.
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