Dr Karl: Turning Rottweilers Into Chihuahuas, And Busting Fake News in the Process

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Dr Karl: Turning Rottweilers Into Chihuahuas, And Busting Fake News in the Process

AWANI Review’s Nur Adilla Noorazam sits down with celebrated science communicator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki for an update from the lab that allows genetic alteration involving humans, plants and – dogs! In the age of fake news, he uses science to separate fact from fiction.

Pet owners who may at some point tire of their rowdy Rottweiler may have the magic wand to turn them into chintzy Chihuahuas. News from the biotech labs is of the emergence of CRISPR/Cas9, a new, emerging genome editing technique that allows gene alteration. “With this technology you can turn a Rottweiler into a Chihuahua and this is not something that is simple. It has changed the whole landscape of biology because now you can modify genetics of humans, plants...

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