Designer Genes

Genetic engineering is one of the most fascinating corners of scientific inquiry right now, but the headlines you see daily aren't telling the full story. So, we asked scientists on the cutting edge to share their perspectives on the breakthroughs that will shape our future.

Humanity's viral stowaway is now a defense against our greatest diseases

Engineered viruses may be the key to HIV and tuberculosis vaccines

Josh Peters

Biological Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dear Harvard, Berkeley, and MIT: don't patent CRISPR

Everyone should benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime discovery

Alireza Edraki, University of Massachusetts Medical School

The breakthrough behind those 'pure blue' chrysanthemums was pure luck

Sometimes, the most delightful findings are the most unexpected

Andrew Scarpelli

Molecular Biology

National Louis University